Help - I've just killed my Rooster - what did I do wrong?

Squirrelgirl88

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May 3, 2011
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My Buckeye Rooster is not quite 1 year old. He developed a respiratory problem a few days ago and no local vet will see him. No nasal discharge, just sneezing and open mouth/beak breathing.

I gave him one dose/injection of Tylan 50 and treated with Vet RX two days ago - small improvement. I gave a second dose/injection of Tylan 50 and Vet RX tonight and within 5 minutes he was dead in my arms. He started gasping for air, falling over, his comb turned purple and he died.

I am devastated. What did I do? How do I ever forgive myself?
 
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Squirrelgirl88

Songster
9 Years
May 3, 2011
103
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Central Ohio
We got him last summer. We already had Buckeye hens and found this guy headed for the freezer. I bought him and made him head of the flock. He's been perfectly healthy until last week.
 

StelleKitten

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9 Years
Jun 27, 2012
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I know this sounds odd, but maybe he was allergic to the medicine? I know if I get penicillin in me, I will die. I start by turning purple. A really neat shade of it too.
 

salt and pepper

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7 Years
Oct 21, 2012
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North Georgia Mountains
My Buckeye Rooster is not quite 1 year old. He developed a respiratory problem a few days ago and no local vet will see him. No nasal discharge, just sneezing and open mouth/beak breathing.

I gave him one dose/injection of Tylan 50 and treated with Vet RX two days ago - small improvement. I gave a second dose/injection of Tylan 50 and Vet RX tonight and within 5 minutes he was dead in my arms. He started gasping for air, falling over, his comb turned purple and he died.

I am devastated. What did I do? How do I ever forgive myself?

Is it possible that you got the dosage wrong? Did he show any sign from your last dose? It might be that he had a allergic reaction. If not, then He might have had a seizure, heart attack, or his lung might have collapsed, none of these things you could have prevented, so don't be hard on yourself.
 

Squirrelgirl88

Songster
9 Years
May 3, 2011
103
0
132
Central Ohio
No reaction from the last dose, I gave the same does to another hen in the flock not 2 minutes before him. He literally died within minutes of the shot. I don't know if I hit a blood vessel or what happened. I'm an absolute mess. I can't stop sobbing, and I know I will never forgive myself.

I just filled our incubator with eggs on Sunday. Now I have to hope for his offspring to hatch and a son to replace him.
 

StelleKitten

Songster
9 Years
Jun 27, 2012
664
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Granbury, Tx
Don't hurt yourself too badly over this. It happens and you were trying to save him. not a lot of people will try to save a rooster like that. Be happy that he had a good life while under your care and that you were doing the best you could to tend to him.
 

salt and pepper

Songster
7 Years
Oct 21, 2012
2,249
49
163
North Georgia Mountains
No reaction from the last dose, I gave the same does to another hen in the flock not 2 minutes before him. He literally died within minutes of the shot. I don't know if I hit a blood vessel or what happened. I'm an absolute mess. I can't stop sobbing, and I know I will never forgive myself.

I just filled our incubator with eggs on Sunday. Now I have to hope for his offspring to hatch and a son to replace him.

I doubt you hit a vein, after you saying this, I really think he died of a cause that had nothing to do with you. He might have had a weakness, and the respiratory problem just brought it out. I hope you get a little male chick from your hatch to replace him =)
 

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