2 hens with eyes swollen and snot.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jacca5, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. jacca5

    jacca5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2008
    Hodgenville, KY
    I have two hens that one eye each is swollen and cloudy. One of them has snot all over her and I can see it bubbling out of her nostrils. I can also hear it rattling when she breaths. I put antibiotics in their water yesterday but didn't separate them. Today I put them in an area by them selves and give them fresh water with meds in it. However I don't think they are drinking any of it. What can I do to get the antibiotics in them? Also what do you think is wrong with them?
  2. serendipity22

    serendipity22 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2007
    sounds like CRD. I got this info from :

    Mycoplasmosis (CRD, Air sac, Sinusitis)
    Organisms in the genus Mycoplasma are a significant cause of respiratory disease in poultry. Of the numerous species of Mycoplasma that have been isolated from domestic poultry, three are of known significance. Mycoplasma gallisepticum is associated with chronic respiratory disease (CRD)/air sac syndrome in chickens and turkeys and infectious sinusitis of turkeys; Mycoplasma meleagridis is associated with airsacculitis in turkeys; and Mycoplasma synoviae is the cause of infectious synovitis in chickens and turkeys.

    Chronic respiratory disease (CRD), air sac syndrome and infectious sinusitis of turkeys have a common cause. CRD was first recognized as a chronic but mild respiratory disease of adult chickens. It reduced egg production but caused little or no mortality. Afterward, a condition known as "air sac disease" became a problem in young birds. It caused high mortality in some flocks. Many birds became stunted, feed efficiency was reduced, and many fowl were rejected as unfit for human consumption when processed.

    Infectious sinusitis in turkeys produces a sinus swelling under the eye as well as an inflammation of respiratory organs. It is a chronic disease adversely affecting growth and feed conversion. It may also cause significant mortality in young poults.

    A peculiar bacterial-like organism known as Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) is common to all three conditions. CRD and sinusitis in turkeys are caused by a pure MG infections while the air sac syndrome is caused by an infection of MG in combination with E. coli. These conditions are triggered by acute respiratory infections such as Newcastle disease or infectious bronchitis.

    Mycoplasma gallisepticum is widespread and affects many species of birds. Eradication programs have reduced the incidence in recent years. It is primarily spread through the egg. Infected hens transmit organisms and the chick or poult is infected when it hatches. Organisms may also be transmitted by direct contact with infected or carrier birds.

    The true CRD produces slight respiratory symptoms such as coughing, sneezing and a nasal discharge. In the air sac syndrome there is an extensive involvement of the entire respiratory system. The air sacs are often cloudy and contain large amounts of exudate. Affected birds become droopy, feed consumption decreases and there is a rapid loss of body weight.

    Infectious sinusitis in turkeys occurs in two forms. When the "upper" form is present, there is only a swelling of the sinus under the eye. In the "lower" form, the lungs and air sacs are involved. The air sacs become cloudy and may contain large amounts of exudate. Both forms of the disease are usually present in the flock and frequently are present in the same bird.

    Diagnosis of either condition must be based on flock history, symptoms and lesions. Blood tests are useful in determining whether a flock is infected.

    The answer to the MG problem in both chickens and turkeys is eradication of the disease organisms. This goal has been achieved in commercial breeding flocks with voluntary programs conducted by the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) and National Turkey Improvement Plan (NTIP). The treatment of CRD, air sac syndrome and the lower form of infectious sinusitis is not considered satisfactory. Many antibiotics have been used with varying success. Whether to give treatment is a decision that must be made on each flock based on economic factors. If treatment is attempted, give high levels of one of the broad spectrum antibiotics (Tylosin, aureomycin, terramycin, gallimycin) either in feed, drinking water or by injections. The "upper"; form of infectious sinusitis can be treated with success by injecting antibiotics into the swollen sinus cavity.
  3. chickengirl916

    chickengirl916 New Egg

    Mar 29, 2009
    I had a chicken with similar symptoms, I took her to the vet and they told me to separate her, and gave me teramycin and an eye ointment. Unfortunately she did not make it due to other complications, but when one of my other chickens started showing the same symptoms it worked and now he is perfect. Hope this helps.
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Just be aware that CRD makes the bird a carrier for the rest of its life and can infect others, even when it seems to have recovered. All chicken owners need to know this. [​IMG]

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by