Hen with swollen eye and clogged nose

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by binza1979, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. binza1979

    binza1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a hen that is very sick. She is still going outside and staying with the flock in the run, but she won't eat treats when they are given to them. One of her eyes is swollen shut and both nostrils are clogged. She is breathing with her mouth open. I am treating the whole flock with Duramycin-10 in the water. Everyone besides her look fine...no symptoms, but I am treating all just in case. I think she is going to need more help. I don't have a place to isolate her from the rest of the flock...the normal hospital is currently home to a new puppy.

    So, is there an antibiotic shot available that I could give her? What is it called? Do I get it at the local feed store? I am ok with giving shots since one of my dogs is diabetic.

    Any advice would be appreciated!
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    If the Duramycin doesn't work, get Tylan50 or Tylan200. These antibiotics might be available at your local feed store, or you will probably be able to find them at a Farm & Fleet store. Tylan is a rather strong antibiotic that is great at treating respiratory infections. The dosage for Tylan50 is 1cc for large fowl, .5ccs for bantams, injected into the breast muscle (make sure to switch sides each day) for five days. If using Tylan200, give .5ccs for large fowl, and .1-.2ccs for a bantam or a small chicken. A 20-22gauge needle is best; you don't want to use a large needle because it can irritate the breast muscle.

    Hope this helps!
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Tylan 50 is 50mg per ml, Tylan 200 is 200mg per ml, so if you are going to give 1 ml of Tylan 50, you should only give 1/4 ml of Tylan 200.
     
  4. binza1979

    binza1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you SO much. I sent my husband to the feed store to see what he can find.
     
  5. binza1979

    binza1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No Tylan locally. Any other suggestions? Can I mix the Duramyicin and inject it?
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    No, don't give the Duramycin in a shot. Tylan would be in the cattle or medicine aisle, probably not in the chicken section.
     
  7. binza1979

    binza1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My feed store only carries penicillin. I attempted to inject it, but my needle was too small. She was so sick and I felt she was beyond help, so I ended up culling her. I don't want to lose the whole flock.
     
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  8. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Sorry for your loss. You might want to order some drugs online for any future illnesses. I don't like to medicated unnecessarily, but Corid for coccidiosis, Tylan 50 injectable which can be given orally or by shot, and penicillin are probably all good to keep around in case of emergency. 3cc syringes with 22 gauge needles which can come separately are best. 25 gauge are too small for some drugs.
     

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