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First flock for us, sick! should we return them?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tha5150, Dec 16, 2015.

  1. tha5150

    tha5150 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Noted. Thanks!

    Just heard from the seller and he will give me a credit, not a refund. Not sure it's worth it at this point. Uggg. I really do hope everything works out with them at my place
     
  2. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Credit is worthless from a place that sells sick birds... :( so sorry.

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  3. tha5150

    tha5150 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just got home. Please watch the video and let me know what you think. She just started this symptom today. Has to stretch her neck up to breathe and seems pretty tough on her.


     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I would treat them with some antibiotics, stress can bring on illness, moving them to your home is stressful, the dogs gathered around them is stressful, the wind blowing on them is stressful, so block some wind, get them off the wet ground constantly, start some antibiotics and let them settle and get used to their new home. And I would ask is she doing that to breathe or is she attempting to swallow.
     
  5. tha5150

    tha5150 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are all getting plenty of love, the dogs aren't bothering them he was just there with me, though they do like to lay next to the fence. They aren't barkers' or do anything to make the chicks nervous or anything. I hear what your saying though.
    The pics of the coop shows a 4.5 foot roost and 3ft nesting boxes and coop is very shaded and so is half of run. The shaved pine is fresh and not damp. It's 78 degrees here currently so not cold.

    What antibiotics do you suggest? Giving them VetRX twice a day by mouth. 2 drops each.

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  6. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

    Not trying to be cold, just practical. I'd kill the birds, bury them or burn them.
    Hose the coop and the run down with bleach, give it a few weeks, and try again with some new birds from somewhere else.
    Do you really want to spend your time trying to nurse an obviously sick flock back to health?
    I don't know what your time is worth, but it wouldn't be worth it to me.
     
  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I'm not familiar with the types of antibiotics for chickens since I haven't needed to use one, I would pick one out that covers your symptoms, if that's what you are using than keep it up, your pictures helped see your set up better.

    Others are saying cull, but at this point you have them, they have already infected your environment, why not attempt to save them. I had this problem when I started with chickens, it's possible your birds picked up something in your environment that their bodies aren't familiar with. They are at an age where they are sensitive to such things. I like getting chicks now and raising them in the environment they are going to live to get used to the organisms that are present.
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Can you bring her inside where it's warm? Is she drinking and eating? Lots of antibiotics to choose from, but hard to say what would be best. Do you have and human antibiotics?

    -Kathy
     
  9. tha5150

    tha5150 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tylan 50 antibiotic, 1cc for each bird for 5 days. Got this info from a friend who has had chickens for many many years. Should do the trick.

    Yes I agree to try our best. Next time we are getting chicks for sure though.
     
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    That *might* work if it's mycoplasma, but it will *not* work if it's E. coli, pseudomonas aeruginosa or a virus. FYI, Tylan works best if given at least twice a day.

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    -Kathy
     

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