Bantam Cochin with bubbles in eyes and snotty nose

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sekinkead, Nov 28, 2009.

  1. sekinkead

    sekinkead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1) What type of bird , age and weight. Bantam Cochin, not sure on age, about 3lbs
    2) What is the behavior, exactly. Her eyes have bubbles in them and she has yellow snot coming out of her nose. She acted like she couldn't see and wouldn't eat treats. She just sat around. Her neck feathers also look funny, like they got wet, but she is in the garage.
    3) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. no
    4) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. Nothing has changed, it has gotten colder here lateley.
    5) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. She is now separated from the rest of the flock and is eating and drinking. I started giving her medicated chick starter that my baby's are eating. She had been eating a mixture of grower and layer food that I give to the rest of the flock.
    6) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. poop looks normal. It is not runny or bloddy or wormy.
    7) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? I added some vitamins to her water and gave her the medicated chick feed
    8 ) 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 plan on treating her myself. I called several vets around here and none of them could see her today. They are trying to find out if I can have some tests run to determine what it is and will call me back on Monday and let me know.
    9) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    10) Describe the housing/bedding in use. They are in a playhouse that we converted to a coop. There are pine shavings on the floor and they have an attached run. I let them out to free range occasionally when I am home.

    It started last weekend. I noticed my black bantam cochin didn't look right and wasn't coming out to get snacks like the other chickens. When I picked her up to look at her I noticed that both of her eyes were all bubbly and her one nostril was yellow. I immediately separated her from the rest of the flock. We had just changed out all the bedding in the coop, so I thought at first it might just be the dust and stuff. She looked like she was getting better so Tuesday night I put her back in with the rest of the flock. Then Wednesday night when I got home from work and let the rest of the flock out I noticed again that Raven (the sick one) didn't look right again. My daughter tried to hand feed her but she acted like she could see anything. So we separated her again from the rest of the flock.

    I gave her medicated chick starter feed for the extra protien and since it was medicated. I have also given her vitamin/electrolytes in her water. I fed her some yogurt and she ate a very tiny bit. She is eating and drinking now.

    Today we noticed one of our splash cochins looking the same way, minus the wet looking feathers. She has a few bubbles in her eyes and a snotty nose to. So we moved her in with Raven in the garage. Now the splash one acts like she is fine and is not at all happy about being removed from the rest of the flock. Raven just sits there and eats every so often, the splash (Snowball, I think. My kids named the 2 splash cochins we have Snowball and Snowflake and I can never remember which one is which).

    I think, and so does the vet I talked to today, that she has a respiratory infection. If that is the case then she and any others that come down with it will be culled. My questions are is there a test for this? Can I find out if my other chickens are carriers or is it too late? We examined all of them today and only the two that are separated have the bubbly eyes and the snotty noses. The rest of the flock looks fine. I understand that they will be carriers forever if it is a respiratory illness. I have Buckeye's that I got from the Ohio National earlier this month that are separated from my other flock. I wanted to put them all together but I don't think that is a good idea now. I want to raise and sell Buckeye's and their eggs but I need to have a healthy flock. I guess I just don't know where to go from here. I would like some opinions and advice. I knew that everyone on here would understand and that I could find some good advice.
     
  2. LilBizzy

    LilBizzy Chicken Storyteller

    May 20, 2008
    Maryland
    Sorry to hear about your sick babies. I don't really know much about respiratory infections. I do hope by my responding, it will help catch the attention of someone more helpful.
    How are they doing today?
     
  3. sekinkead

    sekinkead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The white one is fine and I removed her from the cage with Raven. Snowball no longer has any snot or bubbles, but the black one (Raven) looks horrible. She seems to be getting worse, the bubbles in her eyes are worse and she acts like she can't see. She has eaten and drank both today though. I am hoping to hear back from the vet tomorrow. Thanks for the reply!
     
  4. sekinkead

    sekinkead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well the vet called me back and I can get a nasal swab done and sent to the Ohio Dept. of Ag for $75. My husband and I discussed this and don't feel that it is feasable. We will have new chicks that we are hatching out at the end of the month and I don't want to worry about respiratory disease in my flock. If anyone else thinks it may be something treatable I would love to hear it. Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2009
  5. infiniti

    infiniti Out Of The Brooder

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    Can anyone answer the previous post? I have a mixed breed hen that has these same symptoms. Found this thread...but no one has answered it. I know this thread is old, but the bubbly eyes, runny nose, and wet feathers around the face sound just like what my baby girl is going through right now. Anyone have suggestions?
     

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