emergency please help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jjcuna, Oct 7, 2015.

  1. jjcuna

    jjcuna Out Of The Brooder

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    My cochin is closing her eyes and very raspy. She will not eat or drink anything. I have checked for mites and am wondering if it is worms due to her actions. You can click the link to youtube for the vid. Thanks in advance
     
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  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Can you take her to a vet?

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  3. jjcuna

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    Unfortunately I am not financially able to at this point. I love my chickens with all my heart but I just cant afford a vet at this time. I was recently laid off from my job and am waiting for my unemployment. If it had happened at any other time a vet would be no problem. Do you have any idea what would cause this. I am thinking maybe gape worms
     
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    Ok so i called every vet in town and they will not treat chickens. :( I can tell she is going to die without some help and my other birds are starting to show similar signs.
     
  5. mirandaleecon

    mirandaleecon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't watch the video right now but you saying that she is raspy and that others are starting to show symptoms makes me think it is respiratory. I don't know what you can do if it's viral, but if it's bacterial you can give them tylan 50. It's an injectable medicine they sell at Tractor supply, if one is near you. It should be available at most feed stores though. Let me know if you want help with dosing/injecting.

    If you haven't already, I would separate the sick ones from the healthy ones. They have probably all been exposed but I would still try anyway.

    I don't have any experience with gape worms but if you suspect worms, then you can get a fecal done by most vets, even if they don't treat chickens. Fecals are done the same, regardless of the animal and it only takes minutes to do. I'm not sure if gape worms show up in fecals, but most worms, even the ones that don't live in the gut, will pass eggs through the gut. Worth a shot and I've never seen a fecal cost more than $20 (usually $10-15).

    If any of them do pass, consider sending the body off for a necropsy. If you do a search on here, there will be information on how to send them and some resources for who will perform them in your area. In the meantime, the important thing to know is that if you are going to send them, put them in the refrigerator NOT freezer until you are ready to send them.

    Hope this helps!
     
  6. jjcuna

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    They were out of tylan but had tetracycline. Will I ever be able to eat the eggs again if I try this
     
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    They were out of tylan i found tetracycline. Will I ever be able to eat the eggs again if I try this
     
  8. mirandaleecon

    mirandaleecon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Honestly, I might toss the eggs for maybe a week but I wouldn't be concerned about eating the eggs myself. Tetracycline has been given to humans at much higher doses, so toxicity is not an issue, the issue is contributing to antibiotic resistance. I just wouldn't sell the eggs to anyone for a while...
     
  9. jjcuna

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    Okay I found me Tylan 50. What injection site should I use and what gauge needle and should I do all of my chickens or only the one showing the signs of the illness thank you
     
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