10 week old chick has been sick for a month!?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chiefsgirl23, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. chiefsgirl23

    chiefsgirl23 Out Of The Brooder

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    This is going to sound crazy, but on March 31 I bought 6-6 week old barred rock chicks. 1 week later one randomly died and I noticed watery eyes and beak. The next day number 2 was down with a 3rd looking pretty bad. So I isolated her and disinfected everything. I ended up losing one more, but the one I isolated is still alive! That has been almost a month ago now. It is weak and doesn't do much, but it eats and drinks etc. But it's eyes are always shut and crusty sometimes and it's just very weak. I've got probiotics apple cider vinegar and garlic in the water and green tea, oregano and cinnamon in its feed. What could this be and is it worth all of this time and effort? I Don't want to harm the rest of my flock or potential new flock members.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Hi [​IMG] Welcome To BYC

    Sorry to hear about your losses.

    Can you take her to the vet or send a swab in for testing?

    Mucous from the nostrils and watery eyes is usually associated with respiratory diseases. There are several with the symptoms you describe, Mycoplasma, Infectious Bronchitis and Infectious Coryza, just to name a few.

    Respiratory illnesses are contagious and can make birds carriers of the illness even if they recover (any birds exposed to the sick bird are considered carriers as well, even if they never exhibit any symptoms). Antibiotics can be helpful with any secondary infections from illness but won't cure the disease.

    Finding out what she has will help you determine your next course of action.

    Since the eyes are staying crusted over, try flushing with saline and apply some Vetericyn eye gel or Terramycin eye ointment. Keep the eyes and nostrils cleared the best you can. Your vet can prescribe better medications than you can get over the counter, so consult with them. You could try some Tylan50 which can usually be found at your local feed store to see if she improves. Again, antibiotics won't cure respiratory disease, it may give some relief though.

    Here's a list of common poultry diseases, keep us posted.
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044

    You can call your state lab, consult your vet or an independent lab about testing:
    Necropsy and State labs
    http://www.metzerfarms.com/PoultryLabs.cfm
    http://www.usaha.org/Portals/6/StateAnimalHealthOfficials.pdf
    https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/nahln/downloads/all_nahln_lab_list.pdf

    Independent lab testing:
    http://www.zoologix.com/
     
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  3. 6sablehens

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    Sorry to hear your chicken is unwell, it does sound like some sort of respiratory illness. One of our chickens had symptoms similar to your's. We have been giving the chicken an immune system booster full of vitamins we got from the feed store, to see if that would help but the symptoms started getting worse, so we went to an avian vet.
    The vet gave us antibiotics to help clear up the symptoms and build a resistance to the respiratory illness.

    Vitamins may help, but the best thing would probably be to see an avian vet if you can.
     
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  4. chiefsgirl23

    chiefsgirl23 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much for your replys!I will find an avian vet and get her tested. The other 3 died instantly and she's still hanging in after a month so she must be a trooper! Lol thanks again!
     
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  5. 6sablehens

    6sablehens Out Of The Brooder

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    No worries! Hope she gets better :)
     

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