7 year old turkey hen with respiratory problems

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TurkeyMike, Mar 15, 2015.

  1. TurkeyMike

    TurkeyMike Hatching

    Mar 15, 2015

    I have turkey 10lbs hen that has a respiratory problem with

    head shaking
    left eye was slightly closed then opened back up
    fluid in lungs(drained out when tipped head down)
    no nasal discharge
    weight loss

    positive observation she is eating and drinking

    weather here in Texas has been wet and cool since Dec with very few warm sunny days. Problem started with three solid weeks of cold and rain. Other turkeys are fine and healthy.

    1. Gave tylosine 50 for 5 days orally. ( not sure if it went down lungs or throat) gave slowly 3cc/day then went to 3cc/day x2
    2. tried sulmet for 2 days
    3. added GSE to water with vitamins
    4. added garlic to water
    5. have her under a regular light bulb for heat ( she is ok with it)

    not seeing much of a turn for the better but not getting worse

    A previous post showed that I need to give at least 5cc of TY50

    I have not tried any tetracycline yet

    Im thinking about giving her a shot in the breast now that she has put a tiny bit of weight on. Im nervous about her being so thin. I have some needles now.

    any suggestions?

  2. TurkeyMike

    TurkeyMike Hatching

    Mar 15, 2015
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I would recommend getting her tested by a nasal swab to find out if she has MG, or something else such as E.coli as a secondary infection. Your state vet could recommend where to get testing, or your local agricultural agent or vet may help. Tylan treats MG, and Sulmet will treat coryza, but there are other diseases such as viruses or fungal infections which won't respond to antibiotics.

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