I already posted about three weeks ago about a black sex link with possible worms (thirst, head shaking). Since then, I have treated 2ce Valbazen (already did the Wazine bit) and cleaned / dusted for mites and stuff. Last week I found answer - she had some yellow gunk on her throat, Dx'd myself that it is canker, so I researched and followed Dawg's suggestions to other members and I have now tx'd with FishZole 250 mg for 6 days. Today is no meds. Suggested Tx amounts and length are all over the place. Her original growth in her throat is gone, but I see residual yellow gunk on the edges of her mouth, so it isn't gone. Her symptoms have vastly improved, although some head shaking still exists, she is eating tons now.
What I have read is canker is really hard to get rid of. She is with one other adult - one year old. The patient is 3 years old. I have 3 11week old babies that have been exposed now b/c when I let them out after older girls go to roost they initially shared the water before I knew what it was. I am learning more about this disease than I ever wanted to know, and it is enough to make me want to just give up. My next move - I just went out and took a light and looked down both mouths. Like I said, the one has some yellow. The 1 yo looks clean. I'm going to treat tomorrow with Medizole (Ronidazole) in their water. Looks like I'm supposed to do that for 3-5 days and it is supposed to be safer than FishZole. If that doesn't work, I'll have to go to Cardizem (?) The sources said to rotate treatments b/c the pest develops immunity. I learned from pigeon owners that the pest actually begins in their crop and spreads up, it doesnt start in the mouth or throat and spread downward.
I know acidified copper sulfate is suggested by some, but I was told that was very risky to do because it is so poisonous. A little too much and they're dead.
Sorry about the length here if you are still with me , here's my questions:
1. I gave ProBios when I did the FishZole. ProBios was in the water. So can I add it to the Medizole solutble water or how should I keep down secondary bacterial during this part of the treatment?
2. Do you think I should treat the babies at this time also since they've been exposed?
3. More suggestions would be appreciated - should I get the Cardizem stuff so I'm ready to go with that?
Please advise me on this..... I want this nightmare to be over with. (BTW - no wild birds get in there - it's a covered run)
Edited by 2greenboyz - 6/18/12 at 12:37pm