A few months back my 6.5 year old hen -Harriet starting making loud gurgling sounds, head shaking, and appeared to be losing weight.The only thing I could get her to eat was dried meal worms. I gave her vitamins, treated her for possible crop issues thinking that might be the culprit. Treated her and flock for worms because all had been gaping every now and than 2 weeks prior and thought maybe it was gape worm. Felt it woundn't hurt since they had not been treated for worms in several years since float test was negative each time. At the time even wondered if it was fluid issues since she was diagnosed with fatty liver when she was 1.5 years old. She kept getting worse and her best friend-Ester started making same gurgling sounds. Harriet started acting very lethargic [standing with head down and eyes closed]. At night they both struggled to breath. I could even hear gurgling as I walked up to outside of coop. Each morning I was in fear I'd find them dead. The two younger girls did not show symptoms but felt they too had it since they had been gaping some. I suspected respiratory. I read many post saying how it is never cured and will eventually come back full force. Neither had any discolored discharge in nose or eyes. I knew if I did nothing both girls would die and I could not add to flock due to risk giving it to them. I decided as a last resort to add expired oxytet to water that I had on hand. Felt I had to do all I could since all 4 were exposed. They immediately started showing improvement and on day 6 gurgling was only slight during nighttime hours. Day 8 they seemed completely fine. I was planning on getting a few chicks prior to their respiratory illness but will not now.The problem starts with the chicken owner not following biosecurity protocols. Injuries are one thing, but how many threads are posted regarding respiratory diseases or fungal infections in their flock? Just read the examples in the Emergency section where someone unknowingly or knowingly brings sick birds into their otherwise clean flock.
Antibiotics only mask respiratory disease symptoms, birds are never cured.
When people get a cold, they reach for the medicine cabinet. They do the same for birds when they get sick...thinking like a human, if the meds helped me, they'll help my birds.
BIRDS are a different ballgame, they arnt human and shouldnt be treated as such. They are never cured and survivors are carriers for life.
The bottomline; antibiotics are worthless when it comes to the majority of bird diseases. Sick birds are never cured from respiratory diseases and other types of diseases. There ARE exceptions, for example; Coccidiosis if caught early.
For cuts, scrapes and other injuries to prevent infection, antibiotics will be needed.
It boils down to biosecurity and common sense. I am pro antibiotic when they're needed. I've never had a respiratory disease in any of my flocks all these years, one case of a fungal issue which was treated successfully with Oxine. Yes, I practice strict biosecurity.
Do you have sources to cite to support your claims?Im with microchick.
I’m surprised the US poultry industry is letting this happen.
Although we all know the stories about their solution just dispatching sick chickens as meat sources or dispatching laying hens at 2, so maybe that’s their loophole around this. Are there tests that are happening to make sure our meat and eggs aren’t infected from something bad from sick hens, swine and cattle? There might be, but I’m not versed in that info.
US doesn’t want antibiotics in their eggs or meat, so the animals become more and more disposable, yet the demand for meat, milk and eggs increases, and it’s a vicious cycle.
Losers in all of this are the poultry hobbyists. Most people can’t afford a vet for livestock, and moreover, even if they wanted to find a poultry vet, they can’t. Poultry is in that middle ground between cats and cattle.
What are mid size swine and cattle operations going to do? They are going to have to call a vet every time their swine, sheep or cattle have a prolapse, eye infection, mastitis or an abscess? Cattle are worth some money.