Anyone else have sick chickens?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sarahr0612, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. sarahr0612

    sarahr0612 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've got two chickens with frost bitten combs. For that we are putting vasoline on them. One rooster who has a respiratory infection. So for that we are using VetRx and he has a mucus pouch on his eye we are treating.. UGH Stressful! How do yall treat your sick chickens?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Best bet is to prevent.
    I don't know your situation but I'm in MO with single digit temps and 90% humidity. I have Mediterranean breeds with huge combs and wattles. I've had a bit of frostbite but not much.

    If I was in Texas and getting both frostbite and respiratory disease - I would take a serious look at ventilation.
    Chickens die from heat and bad air, not cold.
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    It depends on the disease/ailment. Some problems I've dealt with include parasites, frostbite, respiratory diseases, injured combs/wattles, and Coccidiosis. I treat internal parasites with Sevin dust or Frontline, and internal parasites with the Worminator de-wormer. Frostbite can partially be remedied by keeping the bird warm (to prevent further damage), applying VetRX or Vick's Vapor Rub to the comb to stimulate blood flow, and massaging of the affected areas. But if the tissue is dead, then it will fall off no matter what you do.

    Respiratory diseases can be tricky to treat. My favorite antibiotic is injectable Tylan50. The dosage is 1cc for large-fowl, .5ccs for bantams, injected into one side of the breast once daily for 5 days. While it won't cure viral diseases (no antibiotic will--they will only help prevent secondary infection), Tylan will effectively and quickly treat bacterial respiratory problems. I also give my sick birds vitamins/electrolytes in their water, and encourage them to eat plenty of nutritious feed to build up their strength. Injured combs/wattles usually heal fine on their own, but applying antibiotic ointment will help prevent infection. Coccidiosis can be a major problem in chicks/young birds if not treated; fortunately, treating with 9.6% Corid liquid or 20% Corid powder usually clears it up. The dosage I use is 2 teaspoons/gal. for the liquid, and 1.5 teaspoons/gal for the powder, given for 5-7 days.

    I've also had limited (kind of) experience with leg problems in birds. For an injured leg, rest and vitamins are the best cure. Weak legs can be caused by a vitamin deficiency, so I treat with vitamins (either regular poultry vitamins or polyvisol infant vitamins). And splayed legs in chicks can be corrected by tying/taping the legs into the right position.

    Sorry for rambling. I wish you luck with your sick and injured birds!
     
  4. sarahr0612

    sarahr0612 Out Of The Brooder

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    The ventilation in my coop is great, I was just wondering what other people are doing for their sick chickens.
     
  5. sarahr0612

    sarahr0612 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, I might try the Tylan on one of my roosters
     

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