Help. My chickens are sick. Not sure what this is.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by e_venik, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. e_venik

    e_venik New Egg

    Apr 1, 2009
    Hi. We just got chickens several months ago, so all this is new to me. I have 2 large buffs (? i think), that i got and was told they are about 9mo old. They have been laying eggs about every other day and acting fine. Yesterday i didnt get any eggs, today either. When checking around the coop i noticed one has a swolled eye - its swolled shut and seems like it has some discharge comming out, and also a runny nose. The second one has a runny nose and slightly puffy eyes. They aren't as active either. we are in fl and its been really warm here for a while, but last 2 nights where cold, got down into the 40's at night. Did they catch a cold? Or is this something else. what can i do or give them. I would prefer to stay away from antibiotics if there are other options. Should i seperate them from the rest of the chickens?

    Also, are there any websites i can check out to learn more about chickens, care, illness.... all kinds of stuff. Thanks for any/all help.
  2. gpamela3499

    gpamela3499 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    Near San Fran Ca
    Some will answer who has more knowledge than me but I wanted to (bump)

    I can see you are very worried.

    Welcome from Ca.[​IMG]

    If you search (click above) for chicken diseases there is a lot of info there.
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2009
  3. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Antibiotics aren't much good unless you know what you're treating [​IMG] The only way to know for sure is usually through necropsy of a dead bird. But, they can also suffer from sinus issues in changing weather. I hope someone can offer up some better and more thorough information for you. And I hope your hens get to feeling better soon! [​IMG] [​IMG]
  4. badnfluinz

    badnfluinz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Viola, Illinois
    I had the same problem once and ended up losing most of my flock. It is contagious. Go to a farm store and ask for teramiacin. Its a powder that you mix into their water. You need to catch it quick or they will die. And definately separate them from the others. I actually treated the whole flock just in case. Was able to save 14 out of 40. Good luck and let me know how it turns out.

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