Help! Respiratory Illness in flock, Tylan not working!

FloridaChick88

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Help, over the past week I've had 4 of my girls and one of my roosters come down with some sort of respiratory illness. Symptoms include gurgly/raspy breathing, sneezing with no nasal discharge, and bubbly/ swollen eyes. 2 hens have gurgly breathing only and 1 hen and my rooster have 1 swollen eye and no breathing issues. There is no fowl odor coming from their faces so I don't think it is infectious coryza.

I'db een dosing with Tylan (1/2 cc) but I increased the dose to 0.75-1cc depending on the size of the chicken/rooster because the symptoms were not going away. We are currently on day 4 for 2 of the girls and day 1 for my buff orpington and my rooster. However the tylan does not seem to be working, could this be some sort of virus???

Are their any other recommendations that you all my have as far as medications or treatments go???? I can't bring myself to cull these birds without trying every viable option. There are no vets in my area that treat poultry.
 

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How are they doing?

Since they are not responding to the Tylan, it is probably a virus. Could be something like Infectious Bronchitis, Mycoplasma or one of the many respiratory illnesses that poultry can have. Antibiotics will only treat any secondary infections associated with illness. Keep in mind that even when recovered birds are generally considered carriers of illness for life.

Injectable Tylan 50 dosage is 1 cc or ml per 5 pounds of weight. You can give it orally or as an injection into the breast muscle 1/4 inch deep. Weigh your birds to get the correct dosage and administer it 2x day.

Do your best to keep them hydrated, add some poultry vitamins to their water and offer extra protein like egg or tuna in addition to their normal feed.
 

FloridaChick88

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2 of the girls seem very much improved today after increasing the dose of Tylan. Everyone is eating and drinking today which is a change from yesterday so that is good news! Keeping my fingers crossed that everyone will pull through this. I hate to see them not feeling well, they are my babies!
 

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