Avian Chlamydia/Parrot Fever

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Hi all,
We got our first flock of 3 girls on the 11th April. They were between 8-10 weeks old. I noticed they had some spots around their eyes (which turns out were mozzie bites), army colour green really smelly diorrea & one in particular had a egg white like consistency discharge from her beak/nostrils.
While waiting for advise from the breeder, one sadly passed away (16 days after we bought them home). I eventually got in contact with the breeder & his diagnosis was chlamydia. I took them to see him & he treated the other 2 with a sulphur based injection & gave me some powder to put in their water.
What I'm wondering is if anyone has had experience with this? I'm worried about the future health of my girls & any future additions & also the health of my kids & myself. I feel totally out of my depth here as it's the first time we've had chooks. I live in Sydney if that makes any difference.
Any advice is greatly appreciated
 

Akrnaf2

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Welcome to BYC!
Chlamydia is a bacterial disease caused by Chlamydophila psittaci bacterium.
This bacterium can infect humans also so take care for yours and your family health!
Symptoms of the disease in human are not specific . The most common symptoms are chills , coughing ,Fever, headache , muscle pain and fatigue . Sometimes develops pneumonia .
One should not underestimate this disease . Talk to your doctor about your possible exposure to be given appropriate treatment . Neglect can be dangerous .
Chlamydia in birds is treated with a special antibiotics . Treatment is long and can reach 45 days! You should contact your veterinarian to receive a prescription for a special antibiotic to treat this bacterium. I can not give you the name of a specific drug because I do not live in the United States .
 
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Hi all,
We got our first flock of 3 girls on the 11th April. They were between 8-10 weeks old. I noticed they had some spots around their eyes (which turns out were mozzie bites), army colour green really smelly diorrea & one in particular had a egg white like consistency discharge from her beak/nostrils.
While waiting for advise from the breeder, one sadly passed away (16 days after we bought them home). I eventually got in contact with the breeder & his diagnosis was chlamydia. I took them to see him & he treated the other 2 with a sulphur based injection & gave me some powder to put in their water.
What I'm wondering is if anyone has had experience with this? I'm worried about the future health of my girls & any future additions & also the health of my kids & myself. I feel totally out of my depth here as it's the first time we've had chooks. I live in Sydney if that makes any difference.
Any advice is greatly appreciated

http://www.avianbiotech.com/diseases/chlamydia.htm
"Most treatments involve the use of tetracycline and its derivatives such as Vibramycin, Doxycycline, Oxytetracycline. The antibiotic can be given by intravenous or intramuscular injections. Antibiotics can also be given orally or mixed with palatable food. Treatment periods generally last about 45 days varying slightly depending on the treatment. *Calcium should be withheld because tetracycline binds to calcium. Citric acid in the bird's drinking water can increase the levels of antibiotics in the blood."

Can you get those in Australia?

-Kathy
 
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