Dead silkie

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by emzee, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. emzee

    emzee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I noticed that one of the silkie hens had been breathing heavily and making strange-sounding coughing noises for a few days. I was going to wait and see if it was just something that would clear up on its own, but when I went out to the coop this morning to check on her, she was dead! Does anyone have any idea what kind of sickness/disease she had? Is it contagious? How should I prevent the other chickens from getting it?
     
  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Without a necropsy, it may be impossible to know the cause. Watch the others very closely for symptoms.
     
  3. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    I'm working with one of my Silkie girls now. I expected this to happen because our weather is all over the map. The wheezing started two days ago, she was struggling to breath. Started her on antibiotics and she's a different bird today, no more wheezing.

    So if you're weather has been extreme in ups and downs and very wet it can cause some problems.
     
  4. emzee

    emzee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, we have had very wet and undpredictable weather recently. What kind of antibiotics did you give your silkie?
     
  5. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    Normally for something like this I grab the Gallymicin, this time for whatever reason I chose the Tylan.

    As time goes by you will begin to recognize when you need to take immediate action. For this girl I let go from that morning until the afternoon. I needed time to watch and decide what direction I was going to take. By afternoon and the amount she declined I knew that she needed treatment sooner rather than later.
     
  6. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    The weather only brings out what your chickens body is already fighting. Besides the wheezing, what other symptoms did she have?
    Common causes of chicken"colds":

    MG - causes Chronic respiratory disease. Bubbly eyes, wheezing, clear nasal discharge, loss of weight, feather loss, slow laying in hens,. Also MS - loss of weight and lameness
    Coryza - swollen pussy eye( typically on one side) yellow- clear nasal discharge, wheezing. - often has a very stinky smell about the face, and sometimes the back where they wipe their eye/ nose.

    Other diseases are less common - Newcastle, Infectious bronchitis and some others


    Most are contagious and can have a carrier state, where birds that recover can be carriers. Do a good disinfecting and watch your birds. A blood test can rule out MG/Ms and some others...... Best Wishes
     
  7. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    You did not list pneumonia, which is what I think my girl is fighting.

    This is not my first chicken illness and probably not my last. I've been raising birds for some years now so I do have some experience on how and what to look for. And how to treat or not treat.
     
  8. emzee

    emzee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She didn't show any other symptoms besides breathing heavily. What would be the best way to disenfect my chicken coop, since it has a dirt floor? Where do you buy Gallymicin? Can you use the Tylan for cattle?
     
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  9. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    I purchased my Gallimycin from Peter Brown at First State Vet and yes, the Tylan water soluble is the same as you're thinking. The Tylan is 1 tsp per gallon of water.
     
  10. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Pneumonia often falls into those categories also. Normally unless she was left in pooring down cold rain, soaked to the bone, it has underlying causes.
     

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