i think my hen has ILT help?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rays123, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. rays123

    rays123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    symptoms:
    -stretching out neck gasping for breath
    -had puss in one eye which i cleaned out and put terramycin in
    -but the eye wasnt bloody
    -started out as a swelled up eye crusted shut
    -one other has watery eyes which ive treated with terr.
    -been giving all my chickens electrolytes and they seem to be getting better

    IS THIS ILT OR WHAT?
     
  2. beautifulbirds

    beautifulbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Do any of them smell bad?
     
  3. rays123

    rays123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well there chickens so they don't smell so great anyways but I'm not sure war does smell have to do with it?
     
  4. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    One big trait to ILT is that you will find blood splattered around head level in the coop or cage they are in. What happens with ILT is that the sinus' swell so quick and large that there is no place for the pressure to go so it ruptures the blood rich areas and they shake their heads to rid their bodys of the "drowning" effect of the bleeding tissue.
    Have you brought any commercial birds into or on your property? Have you gone through one full cycle of Terramycin?
    I would suggest if you are concerned with a condition that you yourself cannot treat, contact your State Vet, or call your local extention service and find out who you could contact at your local college that deals with farm/poultry conditions and diseases.
    Good luck to you!!!
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Quote:It's more a symptom of Coryza than ILT, the bad, bad smell of the discharge. Doesn't really sound like ILT, but no way to know unless you have a bird tested.

    Actually, a healthy chicken really shouldn't smell bad unless they've been pooped on. I have several chickens who love to be held and they smell just fine.
     
  6. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Speckledhen, right on again! Chicken poop is not a pleasing scent only due to the amonia and well digested 'stuff'. But ILT is usually from commercial birds that have been vaccined and are now spreading what they have been vaccined against.
     
  7. rays123

    rays123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ok so that explains the eye infection but way about the stretching of the neck and gasping for air sound?
     
  8. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well, I am not a vet. Stretching neck and mouth open can be many things, including gape worm. When you open the chickens mouth can you see anything like a worm down yonder?
    Like I say, I am not a Vet, but I had this recently explained this way to me (the blood). Now, Mycoplasma gallisepticum bacteria is characterized with these symptoms...

    Infected chickens may develop respiratory symptoms, including rales, coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, frothiness around the eyes, or difficulty breathing. The severity of the symptoms varies; more severe infections are seen when the bird is infected concurrently with Newcastle disease virus, infectious bronchitis virus, Escherichia coli or other pathogens


    Taken from this page- http://www.poultrydiseases.net/onli...ask=view&id=14&Itemid=26&limit=1&limitstart=1
    Now, either search these conditions on BYC search or online anywhere, keep searching for the symptoms your birds have or call a vet. I wish I could say its one thing or another, but like most of us stress is we and NOT Veterinarians.
    Good luck to you!​
     
  9. When our birds get sick, we humans start reading the symptoms into to alot of diesease symptoms that we find on the WWW.

    Unfortunately, these symptoms are common in quite a few of the diseases that chickens get. Sometimes one can only guess at what is wrong with the flock or an individual. The best thing you can do at any sign of illness is to ISOLATE your bird from the rest of the flock. This does three things.

    It may save the bird from being pecked to death becuase this is what chickens do, they cull their own sick.

    I keeps the illness from possibly infecting the rest of the flock. Chances are it already has, but it is always worth a try.

    Finally, You can keep an eye on the bird. You can watch for symptoms, check its poop and see if the bird is eating a drinking.

    If you can, find a warm place. This does more for a sick bird than anything else at the point where you are at in your diagnosis.
     
  10. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Rimshoes, very good. Very strong and great advice. Unfortunately experience does come with time and possibly the culling or death of a beloved bird.
    Often we feel as though we cannot do enough, sometimes we need to keep in mind the wait and watch approach is best towards haphazard antibiotic usage. Coming in and posting is important due to everyone's combined knowledge...but making sure we have all the symptoms are compiled.
    I have been possibly over whelming, after some of the information that I've found regarding these illness', but, to remind folks and myself that these results that I am speaking about have been diagnosed by a professional, that had done a necropsy on a litter mate. No, this was not my bird personally, yet I feel the concern and after the days of the New Year, I want to have my birds tested by drawing blood at a Vets office/house call.
    Perhaps this is something we can all do...I'll have to see the costs too. I'll share it!
     

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