Help with chicken bronchitis

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Terrip598, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. Terrip598

    Terrip598 In the Brooder

    May 3, 2014
    Last evening I noticed my 15 week old Australorp acting lethargic after being left out of the pen for their evening bug fest. As we continued to watch she also started sneezing, once to the point where we actually saw "snot" fly from her nose(not trying to be gross here). She stayed away from the others and didn't seem to eat. When it came it time to go in, we separated her from the flock. She is part of a group of 12, all about the same age. She is not wheezing and her eyes appear bright. We are starting her on antibiotics today. My questions are: 1. I have 3 separate buildings with different age chickens in. They do not come in contact with each other. Should I dose everyone?
    2 .If I understand from what I 've read she will be a carrier if she survives. Does that mean I can't use or sell her eggs?
    3. Will she pass anything on to any chicks?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    She could have infectious bronchitis or mycoplasma (MG/CRD.) It's hard to know exactly without testing a sick bird or doing a necropsy. IB is a virus which won't respond to an antibiotic, although AB's may prevent secondary infections which can include MG, coryza, and E.coli. MG can transfer through to hatching eggs, so that is why testing is important. IB will make carriers for anywhere from 5 months to a year after recovery, and MG makes carriers of the whole flock for life. Here are some links to read about it:

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