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help with fast illness please!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by syble, May 20, 2011.

  1. syble

    syble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i've made a big mistake, i brought home 7 sussex chicks that weren't at their prime and introduced them to a brooder with 30 other chicks their same age. I'll never make that mistake again, but i only had 3 brooders so i thought by putting them in the house brooder i could keep a better eye on them. that was sunday afternoon. I work midnights. when i got up on tuesday i noticed them all (the sussex and orps and chanties) sneezing, this was approximately 48 hours after being put together, before that the orps were completely healthy, hatched in my house hadn't left the house yet or come into contact with anything else. It had to have come from the less then stellar sussex. Signs showed up between 36 and 48 hours.

    They are sneezing, it sounds snotty but no one has any mucus from their noses or eyes or anything.

    poop is normal and solid

    i see them swallowing and the odd yawn. no coughing.

    No blood or runs.

    good appetite and vigor still, they sleep a fair bit but so do all chicks right? i see them doing the jumping rooster dance and flapping around and what not.

    There is one gosling in there, but i don't think she has caught it... i see no sneezing, swallowing or anything to make me think she is unhealthy.

    I put them on Poly-tonine A super booster no. 1 on tuesday night. active antibiotics are penicillin g potassium and streptomycin sulfate...I ran out and couldnt find any more at the local feed stores so switched them to neo-chlor, active ingrediants are tetracycline HCL and neomycin sulfate. I switched them last night. Also adding the vitamine booster to water aswell.

    I'm not sure what they have. no one has died, or looks on deaths door. a couple look frumpy, but at other times they dont. i hear the sneezing, but cant find any snot. poop is normal. Not sure what to do.
    Any help would be appreciated. If anyone knows what they have that would be helpfull too. Ideally i would like to help them recover, but i don't want to accidently infect my healthy chicks and turkeys out in the barn. I also have chicks due to hatch soon and again would prefer not to infect them.
    Thanks
    sib
     
  2. tellynpeep

    tellynpeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are they and where did they come from?
     
  3. syble

    syble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    everyones around 2 weeks give or take. the orps and chanties i hatched myself, and were healthy untill after i added the sussex. i bought them at a buy sell trade, stupid i know. Not a mistake i will make again i can assure you.
     
  4. syble

    syble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    anything?
     
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  6. syble

    syble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i'm thinking they have infectious bronchitis... should they all be put down?
     
  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:First off, I have no experience with respiratory disease in chickens. So I wouldn't be able to confirm any type of diagnosis. And I would be wary of diagnosing something serious with just sneezing. (Although that is not to say that some BYC'ers who have had sick flocks might not be able to do so). So take this with a grain of salt.

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    Well there is much debate on here about putting chickens down for respiratory disease.

    Some folks sell eggs and chicks to others. It wouldn't be fair to spread disease. So some choose to put down chickens.

    Others, like me, have a backyard flock for enjoyment and wouldn't put them down for it. However, I would stop selling at auction like I do sometimes when I downsize. It is a personal decision. I would be ok with just having a closed flock.

    Sorry I can't be of more help!
     
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  9. syble

    syble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the link. CRD is one of the ones i ruled out based on incubation time. my healthy non stressed orpington chicks showed symptoms in 36-48 hours after exposure.

    The rest of my birds out side are all healthy. so far i have contained it to the brooder inside. i want to be able to sell healthy birds and hatching eggs in the future. which i guess makes my decission for me. Doesn't make it suck any less though. thanks for the help
    Sib
     
  10. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

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    Make sure you wash up before you go near your other brooders. I was told if they get IB some will start dying. My guess is something got introduced, but sorry I can't help with what. good luck
     

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