chickens have runny nose..and stinks

Brave roosters

Hatching
10 Years
May 25, 2009
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gulf coast
Have some rir's barred rocks,and buffs. some not all have a little weeping of the nose and it stinks to high heaven.has been hot latley in the 90's.They have plenty of water to drink,have noticed a couple of them sneezing.They have been panting;think cause of the heat.But all of them are running around fine and dont act like their sick..and advice would be greatly appreciated.
 

ZepChick

Songster
11 Years
Apr 27, 2008
425
4
139
coos bay OR
if you think some are sick then isolate the ones you think are. There is a sticky at the top of this forum to guide you in answering questions about feeding, laying, pooping,etc, and then maybe someone can help you a little more...good luck
 
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Judy

Crowing
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10 Years
Feb 5, 2009
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South Georgia
Quote:I would not say "need" here. Antibiotics are an option, but without diagnosis, there is certainly risk of having a flock of carriers, and spreading one of these diseases to other flocks. Culling the flock, or at least the affected birds, is certainly another option. Brave roosters needs to do his research on resp. diseases in chickens and make an informed decision.

Here is one resource, of many:

https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=15239
 
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caralouise1974

Songster
10 Years
Feb 23, 2009
590
5
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Evesham, Worcestershire, UK
Quote:I would not say "need" here. Antibiotics are an option, but without diagnosis, there is certainly risk of having a flock of carriers, and spreading one of these diseases to other flocks. Culling the flock, or at least the affected birds, is certainly another option. Brave roosters needs to do his research on resp. diseases in chickens and make an informed decision.

Here is one resource, of many:

https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=15239

Aha, back to this old chestnut again - 'immediate mass cull' vs 'antibiotics and closed flock'. The UK and US approches to MG are very different. My kneejerk as a UK keeper is to do everything to help the birds to recover, but I know a lot of poultry keepers in the States think differently and have a far more radical approach to tackling MG. ie cull the lot. (You also have legislation in some states over there which makes it a notifiable disease, I believe - but I don't know very much about that.)

However, my original post still stands: if braveroosters doesn't wish to cull, and wants advice on getting the hens healthy again, the birds do NEED antibiotics in order to recover from this episode of MG (if it is indeed MG). They will remain carriers for life, that's for sure.

Culling is perhaps something he/she would prefer, once reading all the available advice, but I was just offering my advice about the treatment option...
 

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