Hen infected with mycoplasma synoviae

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tamaradawn, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. tamaradawn

    tamaradawn Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,

    I have a much-loved pet hen, Rosa, who has been diagnosed with mycoplasma synoviae. She has been unable to use her legs for about a week and I've just received the diagnosis this morning after a long wait on blood test results. She has not had any appetite for the past week so I have been giving her food, water, vitamins, and an antibiotic (prescribed by vet before we knew the cause of the illness) with a syringe for a week. Happily, she took her first bites of food on her own this morning, which gave me a bit of hope.

    I guess I'm just looking for information about whether or not this is something she can recover from. My vet has prescribed another 14 days of a pretty strong antibiotic and said that Rosa has maybe a 50/50 chance of recovery. Has anyone here had a bird recover from this disease and if so, how long did it take, and did he/she regain full health?

    Of course now I am also concerned about my other 11 chickens and 5 turkeys. The vet has recommended that I feed them for 1-2 months with crumbles with antibiotic included. I hope no others get sick...

    Yesterday I made Rosa a little bouncy seat out of a hat and some elastic straps to try to get her off her tummy for a while. I don't think she's too crazy about it but it's probably good for her...

    Thanks for any information you can share!

    Tamara

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  2. tamaradawn

    tamaradawn Out Of The Brooder

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    Hmm... I meant for that link at the bottom to show a picture of Rosa in her sling... how do I do that? (sorry, I am obviously new to the forum!) [​IMG]
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I wish I could offer help but I can't but sure hope Rosa gets well and the rest of your flock remains healthy, did the vet say it's contagious?
     
  4. tamaradawn

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    Yes, it's definitely contagious. I guess it's a respiratory disease (though Rosa doesn't have any respiratory symptoms). The vet said it's most common in younger birds who often contract it from their mother through the egg. I guess it's less common in older birds but obviously happens sometimes... I forgot to mention that Rosa is at least 4 years old - I don't know her age for sure because she was full grown when we got her but I think we've had her for about 3-1/2 years.

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  5. sharol

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  6. tamaradawn

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    Thank you!

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  7. Comet Mum

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    I can't help you with your bird, but what a creative sling! I hope she is better soon.

    I went to flicker to see the sling and also saw pictures of your BEAUTIFUL jewelry. Do you have a website?
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    that is a very cool sling.
     
  9. tamaradawn

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    Thanks.

    The sling was very easy to make - I used an old cotton/twill hat of mine, cut two little holes for her legs, and safety pinned some elastic to the sides. I got the idea from another thread here where someone had mentioned making one out of a dust mask for their little banty chicken. :)

    Comet, I do have a website - it's www.mcfarlanddesigns.com - thanks for your compliments!

    Tamara
     

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