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I baught sick chickens.. What next?

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by jimmybigboss, Mar 7, 2016.

  1. jimmybigboss

    jimmybigboss Out Of The Brooder

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    So i just baught a few Buff Orpingtons 4 cockerals and 3 hens. When i got home i noticed that a cockeral was making a snoring sound when breathing, and often gasps for air. This mornging i braught him to the vets and she said that he needs antibiotics. And the chancers are the rest of the flock i got has it. I havent paid him all the money yet. So what should i do? Ring him and say they where sick, and then what?
     
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  3. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    I'd give him a call and see what he says. Poor babies. Hopefully the antibiotics will take care of it. [​IMG]
     
  4. jimmybigboss

    jimmybigboss Out Of The Brooder

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    I was talking to him. Apparently hes sending me tylan 50 antibiotics. But im wondering once a chicken gets sick and then cured will it always be a carrier? Im using these birds for breeding and wouldnt feel right giving unhealty chickens to people :-/
     
  5. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    You are quite correct, they could well be carriers for life if its viral (and antibiotics will only prevent secondary infections, not a virus). My advice would be to ask for a refund and return the birds. If not, then cut your losses and cull them - its simply not worth the risk - been there, done it and bought the T-shirt myself.

    All the best
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  6. jimmybigboss

    jimmybigboss Out Of The Brooder

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    Right, and if its bacterial would the same go?
     
  7. CTKen

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    Not necessarily, but you'd need your vet to do the relevant tests to ensure an accurate diagnosis - guessing that would cost more than the birds themselves, but that would be your call.
     
  8. jimmybigboss

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    Fml..... would they be ok to eat?
     
  9. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    If you have given them antibiotics then my understanding is that there is a period before which they are fit for consumption - the meds should indicate so

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  10. jimmybigboss

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    Ah well i culled him anyway. No way im taking the risk. None of the other ones are showing symptoms but i have them in a shed by themselves. Is there a chance they will be ok?
     

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