Hen with very swollen tongue and mouth roof...?

SilverPhoenix

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I've been treating my birds with Tylan for some sneezing. I lost two birds (out of around sixty, mind you) because the medication took so long to arrive in the mail thanks to the holiday rush. One hen I lost was young and it was unexpected, the other was thirteen years old so I feel like it was inevitable.

The Tylan has mostly done the trick, virtually no sneezing left, but I have one hen, a favorite of mine, who has had labored breathing for a day or two. I looked in her mouth, and her tongue is massively swollen and so is the roof of her mouth, hence the respiratory distress. She also has crusty, watery eyes/eyelids and totally clogged nostrils. Poor girl. I took her out of the flock and I'm going to treat her one-on-one.

I'm trying to decide what to do exactly, though. Should I continue with the Tylan and just make sure she ingests it? (It's possible she hasn't had enough due to not drinking much.) Should I give her an anti-inflammatory? Duramycin? Sulfamet? I have all of those available but I just don't want to give her the wrong thing and lose valuable time trying to save her. She is eating still even with her obvious distress.

Any recommendations would be great!
 

dawg53

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You are dealing with a respiratory disease, probably either coryza or mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG.) If you smell a foul odor around her head area, it's most likely coryza. Treatment is sulmet and you can use the tylan, but not at the same time. Your other option is to cull. It is contageous.
Treatment for MG is tylan or denagard. Tylan is one of the more potent anti respiratory disease products on the market. MG is contageous as well. You have the option to cull also. Here's a link to respiratory diseases in poultry, you can scroll down and read about both diseases:
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
 

SilverPhoenix

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Quote:
You are dealing with a respiratory disease, probably either coryza or mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG.) If you smell a foul odor around her head area, it's most likely coryza. Treatment is sulmet and you can use the tylan, but not at the same time. Your other option is to cull. It is contageous.
Treatment for MG is tylan or denagard. Tylan is one of the more potent anti respiratory disease products on the market. MG is contageous as well. You have the option to cull also. Here's a link to respiratory diseases in poultry, you can scroll down and read about both diseases:
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044

Thanks! I'm already treating with Tylan as I said, but do you think Sulmet would be a better bet? I didn't notice much in the way of smells so I was thinking it might not be coryza, but I want to be sure. I want this mouth issue to go down ASAP because it is making her breathing quite labored. Her tongue is huge and the swelling (yellowish) on the top of her mouth is large as well. I was hoping maybe it was just a build-up of something that I could scrape off, but that's not what it is. Sort of a spongy texture. I'm hunting for pictures similar to her symptoms but I haven't found anything yet. I guess I'll keep searching so I can decide whether to continue with the Tylan or go with the Sulmet instead.
 

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