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Antibiotics question

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Daisyjaye, May 3, 2011.

  1. Daisyjaye

    Daisyjaye Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 21, 2011
    Should you use them for an unknown illness or not?
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I wouldn't. If it's viral it will do no good and lead to antibiotic resistance in the future. Keep in mind that if it's a respiratory infection, antibiotics might work but the birds will likely become carriers for life. And stress may cause them to have another episode.

    Have you posted about your sick chickens? In this category, at the top there is a series of sticky notes- they have links to several helpful sites and threads, as well as guidelines for helping us help you identify the problem.
  3. Daisyjaye

    Daisyjaye Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 21, 2011
    I did post yesterday. Its only the one what I think to be rooster. He is just over 5 weeks and its leaking from his butt. Its smells like urine and it ends up all over his backside and belly. He was yelping when he pooped, but that has seemed to stop. He is eating, but only chick starter, he wont eat yogurt. I give him some olive oil and water mixed, and used to prepH on his vent because it was really swollen. He seems fine otherwise, but the leaking just wont stop. I noticed his vent was a little irritated Thursday, and by Staurday he was leaking bad so I brought him in and put him back under heat. I guess I am just wondering if there is more I should be doing, I feel bad.
  4. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2009
    I would not use antibiotics unless I knew what I was dealing with. I think at this time your best bet would be taking him to a vet I have no idea what could be causing this issue with a 5 week old chick.
  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    It sounds a lot like vent gleet. May be a yeast infection, and probably systemic. Antibiotics are unlikely to help, although probiotics may. You should find a thread on treatment if you search.
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Try mixing a little buttermilk in the starter feed instead of yogurt. Stay away from antibiotics especially for a 5 week old chick...too harsh and will cause more stress on its system.
  7. Daisyjaye

    Daisyjaye Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 21, 2011
    Well I "think" he/she is going to be ok. It stopped leaking, but I am pretty sure it was really constipated. Once I got enough oil in em and some prepH to take down the sweeling. It pooped the biggest pile I have ever seen for such a little bird. Thanks for the help!

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