Originally Posted by Puritanbob
Thanks again, I just saw some of the medication for sale say "for colds in chickens" I am fairly new to this and am still figuring out what to do particularly with what looks like some disease. The symptoms haven't been too bad, just the sneezing and a bit of wheezing around bedtime. On a similar CRD thread someone wrote:
"I think you will find that the mycoplasma is pretty much everywhere, and most all chickens have been exposed to it at some point. Anyway, the point I was trying to make is that you can keep chickens that can't cope with CRD, even if they continue to show symptoms without affecting your flock as they all get to cope with it either way. What I do recommend though, is not to breed fowl that can't get over CRD on their own. This just weakens your whole flock. I am not against medicating, and keeping birds if that is your desire, but on my yard, if they can't cope with any kind of respiratory disease without meds, they get culled. This way I promote a more hearty flock, that will be more disease resistant down the road. But, to some people, it is better to medicate and keep them as they are more of a pet. You have to make that choice yourself. BTW, Baytril is some good stuff, but you need a script to get it. Tylan is just as good, and you can get it OTC. Good luck!"
He is essentially saying this MG stuff is just about everywhere and chickens either can deal with it or not. So I am wondering if the ones who haven't shown any symptoms are fine? Right now I have 4 in the sanitarium, I am just kind of hesitant to go nuclear and cull them all. Any further advice regarding this would be appreciated.
Unfortunately there are some people that would promote a disease because their birds are pets, does that make sense? I consider my birds as pets and I have several favorites. I wouldnt like it, but I wouldnt hesitate to cull as necessary. Why risk whatever disease it is from infecting the rest of my flock? If you have the time to nursemaid and spend money on meds, that's up to you. Meds only go so far until resistance to them is built up by the disease, they are never cured. Then you have to buy a more potent medication. Even then if it's a virus, antibiotics are useless. Antibiotics may treat some of these diseases, but not cure the birds. Alot of the diseases are transmittable on clothing, hands, shoes, airborne, passed through eggs etc...and are easily passed to other birds. You have to have one heck of a biosecurity program to prevent this from happening.
Keep your sick birds away from the healthy birds unless they start showing respiratory signs. I recommend that you have bloodwork drawn or a necropsy performed on the sickest bird so that you'll know exactly what you're dealing with. You can contact your state department of agriculture or local extension office to find out how to go about doing this. Here's a couple of links for you to read if you wish; the first one is about respiratory diseases in poultry. The second one is about MG.