Hen and Keet with Swollen Eyes, Mucous Rattle Breathing (hen only)... Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chabichou, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. chabichou

    chabichou New Egg

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    Hi, I have a little game hen that I noticed wasn't her perky self this past Sunday evening. For most of the day she was out and about foraging, but then she went into a corner and hunched her neck in, like she was cold. I checked her out and she had a black wart looking bump (hard and dry) on her beak and one of her eye areas was looking a little swollen.

    I separated her from the flock and put her into isolation in the barn under a heat lamp. My friend had some Oxine so we made a quart for her to drink and I've been spritzing her 3x a day. She drank the entire oxine batch with no improvement and now her black wart has fallen off and looks like an open sore. Also, on Monday, both of her eye areas started to swell and her breathing had a mucousy rattle (sorry for the lack of technical terms). After she finished drinking the oxine I've been giving her pedialite and probios in her food, which she's barely eating (I've tried mash and will try eggs for the 2 of them today). Her head is droopy and she spends most of the day sleeping. It's so sad to see her this way :(

    In the meantime, I've been watching everyone else for signs of illness and they've been fine until this AM when one of the Guinea Keets was having trouble getting out of the coop... Her eyes were almost swollen shut and she looks like a boxer after a tough round :( The Guineas just discovered the barn yesterday and I found them in there when I went in to milk (I have goats) in the evening. I shooed them out, but am sure that they must have been communing with little Nelly (sick hen), hence the keet being sick too this am.

    I've moved their area into our well house which is a little dismal, but better protected for both them and the other chickens. From what I've read it sounds like maybe Nelly had the beginning of Fowl Pox which then made her more susceptible to the respiratory infection?

    This is my first run-in with a sickness and I'm praying it's not Coryza.

    From similar cases I've found on the forum, it sounds like treating with Tylan (which my TSC has) might help clear this up. I've heard that you can give 1/2 cc down the throat of the 200 [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]or inject the 50... I'm really confused which would be best and am not sure about dosage per weight as it's off label for Poultry. [/FONT]

    I'm hoping to pick some up later this morning - I know it's short notice, but if anyone can help me out, I'd really really appreciate it!

    Hoping I can save these ladies!
     
  2. chabichou

    chabichou New Egg

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    I'll try to post photos too!
     

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