Hen with half head swollen HELP!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Firefly994, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. Firefly994

    Firefly994 Out Of The Brooder

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    Can anyone help me? She is dead now but I have a lot of other hens to worry about,some sound like they have rales,all are eating n drinking well(so was the dead one right up until about an hr b4 she died) she looked a little puffed up and not moving around much checked her for lice n mites,treated her and a week later she was worse brought her in the house,she ate and drank,mostly just guzzled water tho.and one side of her head started to swell,got so big she couldnt open her eye and 3 days layer she was dead. Some of the other girls have runny noses (its a bit smelly) &sound like they have fluid in their chests,a bit gurgly when they breath,there were about 20 in that flock and they very suddenly all stopped laying a week ago went from about a dozen a day(some of the birds are young and not laying yet,some are roos) then 3 for 2days then 1 and now nothing. Should I be culling the weezy ones or any that look a bit hunched and fluffed up?
     
  2. Eggcessive

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    When you describe a bad smell, it may be coryza that you are dealing with. These birds will all be carriers if they recover, and they can have 2 or 3 diseases at the same (CRD, coryza, bronchitis, newcastles, cociddiosis.) If you choose to not cull, but treat sulfadimethoxine would be the best drug for treating coryza, and Tylan 50 injection for shots or Tylan Soluble Powder would be good for the drinking water. Oxytetracycline and erythromycin are also used if CRD or mycoplasma is suspected. Here is a link for diseases and treatments: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
     
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    Firefly994 Out Of The Brooder

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    How much( sodium?) sulfamethazine liquid per 4 gal of water would I use?
     
  4. Eggcessive

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    For Sulmet (sulfamethazine) 12.5% solution you would mix 4 ounces to 4 gallons of water for 2 consecutive days to treat coryza. I would mix up a smaller amount if they won't drink that much. 1 o
     
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  5. dawg53

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    Sulmet 12.5% liquid solution dosage is 2 tablespoons per gallon of water. It's full dosage for 2 days, then half dosage for 4 days.
    In your case it would be 8 tablespoons liquid sulmet per 4 gallons of water for 2 days, then 4 tablespoons liquid sulmet per 4 gallons of water for 4 days.
     
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    I just looked ot up and it says I cant eat the eggs after,no withdraw time just says cant eat them again ( the link wo t open on my phone)
     
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    There's a 10 day slaughter withdrawal period. If the chicken is good to eat after ten days, so are the eggs.
     
  8. Eggcessive

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    Sorry, but the label says to treat only 2 days for coryza, but you are correct for the treatment of coccidiosis. And the egg withdrawal time is 14 days according to several on this thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/196933/sulmet-in-eggs, but I think Dawg knows the withdrawal time better than I do.
     
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