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Chicken with Abdominal infection

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by FloridaChick88, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. FloridaChick88

    FloridaChick88 Chirping

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    Yesterday I noticed my hen was acting lethargic and her comb had a slightly purple tinge. Today she showed no improvement so I took her out to put her in a hospital pen and her abdomen felt swollen like a water balloon. I got an 18 gauge needle and syringe because assumed she might have ascites. However when I withdrew the fluid instead of it being straw colored it is a dark greenish brown which I have read means she has an infection. (See photo)

    There are no poultry vets in my area, is there any antibiotic I can give her?

    I withdrew almost 70mls of fluid and there is still more in her abdomen but I didn’t want to drain it too fast and put her into shock.

    Please help I’m very attached to this girl :(
     

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  2. azygous

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  3. FloridaChick88

    FloridaChick88 Chirping

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    The only antibiotics I have handy right now is Tylan50. I might be able to get some amoxicillin from the local fish store.
     
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  4. FloridaChick88

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    What is the correct dosage of amoxicillin?
     
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    azygous Free Ranging 8 Years

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    250mg per day for an average adult chicken.
     
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    I just got the meds. It is in capsule form. Do I just give her the whole 250mg at one time or do i need to divide up the dose? If so, how? Does it need to be dissolved in water?
     
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  7. Wyorp Rock

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    Amoxicillin dosage is (125mg/kg) that translates to 57mg per 1pound of weight given 2times a day for 7days. You can mix it with a little yogurt.
    (I also put this information on your other thread https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/amoxicillin-dosage.1250675/)

    Hopefully the antibiotics will give her some short term relief and make her more comfortable.
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager 6 Years

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    So sorry you're going through this. :hugs I've drained a few myself and I normally drain as much fluids as I can, which is usually about 500 ml.

    You can try the amoxicillin as Wyorp Rock suggested, but something like Bayril is probably a better antibiotic for this.
    http://www.allbirdproducts.com/newproductpages/baytril.html
    https://ladygouldianfinch.com/product_baytril.php
    http://gamebirdsupplies.com/eng/item/5/1/enroxil-10-25ml
    It is banned for use in poultry, but this is what I would use if I were in your shoes.

    Have you seen posts from Speckledhen? She has lots of experience with this sort of problem.
     
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  9. FloridaChick88

    FloridaChick88 Chirping

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    02FD2326-CE79-49DF-A871-055E2F1566B2.jpeg Thank you all for your recommendations. I tried the antibiotics for 4 days. She was showing no improvement and had stopped eating and drinking on her own. I decided that there was no need to prolong her suffering so my vet agreed to euthanize her for me. Have any of you ever seen/dealt with blackish green fluid draining from a hens abdomen? I’m just curious as to what might have caused this. She was laying up until the time she started acting lethargic last week.
     

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    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager 6 Years

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    So sorry for your loss. :hugs I have seen that in a couple of mine and I think @speckledhen has too. I think when it's that color it means infection, but I could be wrong. :idunno Again, sorry for your loss, :hugs
     
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