Aspergillosis help needed

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by stephpaige, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. stephpaige

    stephpaige New Egg

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    Isn't there anything I can do to help my Gracie?

    1) What type of bird, age and weight.
    Barred Rock 3 years old

    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    She is gasping for air, wheezing and thrusting her head upwards to breath - she is so tired because her breathing is keeping her awake. I think I noticed two white bumps on the back of her tongue, not sure if that is normal or not

    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
    3 days - she's my only girl that stands in the water bowl

    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?
    no - I have 3 other hens and they're fine

    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    no, just the breathing

    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    I think the coop bedding got wet from the lawn sprinkler. I also found an ant hill in the nest box I didn't know was there, they got underneath a board

    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    she will eat a little, I've given her scrambled & raw egg, diced apple, tomato, scratch & feed - she doesn't want to drink though, so I've been giving her water with electrolytes through a syringe

    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    poop is white, with green bits, both runny & solid

    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    I gave her a tiny amount of Robitussan, Duramyclin-10, Vi-tal electrolyte & mineral supplement, I even tried using an asthma inhaler I had. Nothing has helped.

    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    I'm willing to try anything.

    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.

    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use
    The coop has pine shavings in the roost & nest box. I hosed out the entire coop yesterday, we've had 100+ temps here in Texas since June. She has been in the house since yesterday morning. I took her outside this morning, but Gertrude my Australorp attacked her twice, so I brought her back in the hhouse. They free range all day but mostly hang out in the bushes next to the house to stay in the shade.

    Please help, I feel so bad for her, it's so sad [​IMG]
     
  2. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    It sounds like your coop litter could have been molded which in turn caused the Aspergillosis (Brooder Pneumonia).

    Here is some information that I hope will help you.

    How is aspergillosis treated
    Surgery may be performed to remove accessible lesions. Antifungal drugs, such as itraconazole, ketoconazole, terbinafine, flucytosine, and amphotericin B, may be administered orally, topically, by injection, or nebulizing, depending upon the drug. Therapy needs to be continued for weeks to months and more than one antifungal drug may be used. Supportive care such as oxygen, supplemental heat, tube feeding, and treatment of underlying conditions are often needed. Unfortunately, the prognosis is always guarded.

    How can aspergillosis be prevented?
    The importance of good husbandry to prevent outbreaks of aspergillosis cannot be overstated. Keep your bird in a well-ventilated environment. Clean food and water dishes every day. Replace substrate (material lining the cage bottom) regularly. Remove your bird and thoroughly clean cages, toys, perches, etc., at least once a month. Pay attention to good nutrition, offering the right combination of fruits, vegetables, grains and seeds with variety, and only a sprinkling of "treats." Essentially, you want to do everything you can to alleviate stress in your bird's life and provide a scrupulously clean environment.

    A susceptible bird that has been exposed to Aspergillus may be treated with flucytosine and itraconazole in an attempt to prevent infection.​
     
  3. stephpaige

    stephpaige New Egg

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    Thank you so much for your reply. It seems like we have a long road ahead of us.
     
  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    You're welcome.

    Do you have access to any of the meds that are listed? The sooner you can start her on a med treatment plan, the sooner you all can begin the road to recovery.
     
  5. stephpaige

    stephpaige New Egg

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    Sadly, she passed away about 30 minutes ago. Poor girl, whatever it was it just took hold so fast. I will miss her terribly [​IMG] Thanks for you help.
     
  6. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    OH NO!!!! I am so very sorry. [​IMG]
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    It probably wasn't specifically aspergillosis, which is usually confined to chicks according to the state vet, however, it really doesn't matter. Fungal infections can all be treated the same way, with Oxine misting/fogging. That's really the only way I know of. Used to be they were considered untreatable, from what I've read-they either recovered or they didn't. Sorry you lost her.
     
  9. calyx15

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    My one duck has had it before and currently has it again. She is a 3 year old Muscovy and we live in a damp part of Canada. Apparently she is now more susceptible to it. Because we have clean water and bedding. I am currently treating her with liquid sporanox which saves her last time... and I have now added oregano oil to her water and the food I force feed her. So fingers crossed. But she has definitely lived once through this and last time she was in worse condition because we didn't know what to do and what was wrong. So let's hope she makes it now.
     

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