BEWARE! Infectious Coryza! Loss of voice, discharge from eyes & nose.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mikelewis, Aug 23, 2010.

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  1. mikelewis

    mikelewis Hatching

    Aug 18, 2010
    I am a chicken enthusiast. I started raising chickens around Feb 2010 when my friend gave me a half dozen baby chicks. I was so fond of them, in March I bought a dozen more Rhode Island Reds & black Jersey Giants. The birds were beautiful, happy & healthy. Being the inexperienced new chicken man that I am, I was unaware of the dangers in obtaining a sick bird. One day I went to the flea market and found a pair of Polish chickens that I thought I wanted. I brought them home and a couple days later I was feeding up when the Polish rooster went into what I interpret as cardiac arrest. I just blew it off as bad luck with an old chicken. The lady I bought them from said she didn't know much about them & she had just obtained them, including their age. Abo
    ut 3 weeks pass and I find out about a local auction. I picked up a 3 baby Guineas, half dozen Old English, pair of Polish, 1 modern or standard game cock. Within a couple days, I noticed the large Game cock had discharge-yellow mucus from his eye. I thought he must have injured it, but I called a friend anyway. I explained the situation to him and he replied "Kill him". I replied that it was kinda drastic and cold, that I didn't want to. I asked him if he could be treated but he advised me to administer Dylan. I did and he appeared t
    o get better. It wasn't until 2 more birds had eye problems that I knew I had an issue.
    So I went to the internet for information. By the time I discovered enough info to comfortably self diagnose my chickens. 1 of my original roosters lost his voice. After a lengthy investigation for a cure and treatment, I found out that there is NO cure. Treatment is costly. The birds will always be carriers and I felt overwhelmed. My wife and I discussed it for awhile, and decided the best thing for us to do was to dispose of all birds that were in direct contact of the disease & start over. Salvaging only the birds in cages that didn't appear to be infected. Although they were in close proximity of the infected cages. It was hard to do and heartbreaking but yesterday we eliminated approximately 34 chickens leaving us only 6 chickens. We decided to isolate the 6 remaining chickens. Today I went out to administer Tylan to them and check them out. All 6 birds look healthy with good feathers and cones. :eek:wever, 3 of the 6 birds do have yellow mucus and/or crust around the nose. What should I do? Also. I have 6 pens. Cleanup is a mess with lots of diarrhea. I sprayed with lots of bleach water. Tomorrow I was going to get lime to put in the pens. Does anyone know how much to use? Will this method be efficient? I want to start a new flock and I don't want this to happen again! Thanks!
    Mr. Chicken Dummy

  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    You live and learn.

    Time to start over completely.

    Then use lots of chlorox to clean.
  3. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    Good going, Mike. You made the right decisions getting rid of everything, cleaning up, and starting over.
    Now hatch your own; then you'll know you're okay. Buy a Genesis 1533 incubator with a turner. Then find someone local who's reputable with the breed you want to buy eggs from. Where do you live; maybe someone on here lives close to you and will contact you.
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

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