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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by JennieNoelle, Nov 3, 2018.

  1. JennieNoelle

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    She pecks and eats grass...so.i must be giving her enough Tylan 50 to help her. 1cc 2x day.
    I give probiotics and teeny bit stronger thinking it can't hurt.
    I gave Corid as instructed on a post, too.
    This am she is in front yard soaking up sun and pecking grass.
    Can whichever condition she has be contagious?
     
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  3. azygous

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    You need to find a place that sells aquarium fish to get the Fish Mox.

    Antibiotics should only be used when a chicken is obviously sick, never as a preventative treatment. So you do not want to give an antibiotic to any chicken that is behaving normally. As an example, I currently have some concern about the watery poop of one of my hens, but she is behaving normally so I haven't given her any antibiotic

    If amoxicillin is able to turn your hen around and halt her decline, she can be returned to the flock once she's stabilized and on the road to recovery.

    If she is showing signs of improvement on the Tylan, by all means continue it for the prescribed period, usually five days.

    If she has coccidiosis, it's contagious and all the flock should get Corid or some brand of a coccidiostat. If her problem is caused by bacteria, healthy chickens are unlikely to catch it. If she's got Marek's, all the flock will be carrying the virus, although some may not exhibit any symptoms. There's no cure for it unless you're treating an associated bacterial secondary infection. You can learn if this is your hen's problem by having a vet run a gram stain test for bacteria on a sample of her poop. At the same time, you can learn if she has coccidiosis by having the vet do a fecal float test on the same sample. Warning, the float test is inexpensive while the gram stain test can cost considerably more and require more time.

    The value of the gram stain test is to learn what sort of cell structure the bacteria has so that the correct antibiotic can be selected because some bacteria have cell walls that resist some kinds of antibiotics. Here's what they do in the stain test in this easy to understand video.
     
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  4. JennieNoelle

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    I have read up on Mareks disease. It sure looks and sounds like her condition. :(
    That means the whole coop of three others are infected too.
    Is it going to be a lost hope for me?
    My first chicken died a month ago (same age) gone within hours. Head flopped to her back. Quick death. She didn't live long enough for me to learn from her.
    Are eggs safe to consume from the other chickens?
    The article says it is a strain of herpes. Can it be transmitted to humans????
    Should I re-disinfect the coop before winter sets in hard? We are in Fairview, Tn....south of Nashville.
     
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    Marek's is caused by a strain of herpes virus, but it doesn't affect humans. We are "lucky" to have our own set of herpes viruses, such as chicken pox, shingles, and everyone's favorite, genital herpes and lip herpes. Chickens won't get those, and we don't get theirs.

    Eggs are safe to eat.

    All is not lost having a flock with Marek's. Some chickens survive it, but they always will carry it and run the risk of getting sick again from time to time.

    It never hurts to do a deep cleaning of a coop to reduce the amount of bacteria your chickens are exposed to. Carrying an avian virus, their immune systems are more vulnerable to bacteria, and it helps to keep it to a minimum.

    If you are destined to lose all your chickens to Marek's, you may then do a radical disinfection with activated Oxine which kills viruses unlike bleach. But there's still a risk the virus will live on for months in the soil in and around your run. It's advised to wait several months after the last Marek's chicken has died to start a new flock, and you should have chicks vaccinated.
     
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  6. JennieNoelle

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  7. JennieNoelle

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    So, this is my first ever flock.
    I like where I got them, but they told me they don't vaccinate theirs...
    Maybe another vendor?
     
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  9. JennieNoelle

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    How about another type of med called
    Normycin ,or another called pencillin.
    Both injections, but can't they be oral also?
    The co-op has those.
    No one else does.
     
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