I think my rooster caught my cold

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by horsejody, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    I have had a very bad cold lately. Rodney (JG roo) started sneezing. It started out as occasional sneezes, but last night he had a runny nose. Nobody else is sneezing. On October 23rd we had a serious incident with a dog attack. Rodney appeared to be uninjured but he was extremely stressed. I supposed that may have weakened his immune system. He hasn't been exposed to anybody new, but I have had a severe cold. My birds normally free range, but they have been in the coop since the attack (and believe me - they want out). On Sunday I completely swept out the coop and put down new straw for bedding. That was the day I first noticed the sneezing. I thought maybe it was from the dust stirred up when I cleaned, and I took a wait and see attitude. He still looks good and is eating. Last night he was on the perch and sneezing with a runny nose and was shaking his head. I left a message for my vet this morning, but I know that he will tell me he doesn't know a lot about chickens and will be trying to "wing it." I have some amoxicillan in my fridge that was prescribed for my other rooster that was injured in the dog attack. That bird died before a dose was given, so I have the whole bottle. Also, when I ordered vaccine for my chicks the other day I also ordered Oxymycin (same as teramycin powder - but a different brand). That should be here tomorrow. I am afraid that Rodney has an upper respiratory infection. Would the Amox or Oxymycin powder be helpful? Should I get something else. I haven't seen any runny poo in the coop, and he still looks pretty good, but I would like to be proactive. Rodney is my last roo. The others were killed by the dogs. I would hate to loose him. I think it may have started as a viral, but worry that it caused other infections (like in me). When my vet calls back, what should I tell him that the experts recommend?
     
  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Any ideas?
     
  3. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    I dont belive he could of caught your cold, I could be wrong but dont think animals get things from us !!

    Him being stressed could make his immune system weak for sure.

    How long has it been since the new shavings in the coop have settled down, about a month ago I noticed all my silkies sneezing with little bubbles in there noses (ohhh no I thought) noone seemed sick just sneezy. I called the vet and the first thing she asked me was "have you put new shavings in the coop" I said no and went to get some anti's from them. A day or so went by without treating them (i dont like treating unless 100% sure I know they are sick) Well 2-3 days later noticed everyone was fine, no sneezing and bubbles all gone... It took me about 4 days to figure out it was b/c hubby was building the new coop and the saw dust that came from his saw was flying into there run and they were breathing it in, DUH !!!! So just maybe thats your prob !!

    Do you mix anything in with you shavings that could of iratiated him??

    Sorry I cant be of more help... Like I said I dont like to treat unless I know for sure they are sick sick and not just stressed. So if I were you I would make sure he is sick before you treat and try to figure out what his problem is so you know how to treat !!

    Does his breathing sound ok ?? No bubbles in nose or eyes?
     
  4. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    We have straw down for bedding. It doesn't appear dusty. However, there was dust last weekend when I cleaned to coop out and swept it before the new bedding went in. My vet did call me back. He said that since it since it has progressed from just sneezing to dripping snot and considering recent stresses, he is putting Rodney on a sulpha drug. I am at work, so my son picked it up. I am assuming it is sulmet or something similar. I haven't seen it yet.
     
  5. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Hope it works [​IMG] It would be so much easier if they would just tell us what was wrong with them so we could help, LOL !!! Sounded nice !! Has the weather been getting cold where you are ? Well, good luck and keep me updated !!
     
  6. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
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    I know most folks (including scientists) would say that animals catching things from humans is extremely rare, but in all the years I have had animals I have certainly had experiences with my critters having identical symptoms to mine. Who knows, maybe it's my critter-borne delusion. [​IMG]

    In any case, if you don't know the exact nature of the illness, you might try Oxine if you have it. Maybe a coop mist twice a day . . .or can you keep him inside, someplace warm and dry?
     
  7. bearz

    bearz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a cat catch a cold from me this summer. Got an infection, ran a fever, needed antibiotics, the whole nine yards.

    I have my DH take care of the chickens when I'm sick...don't want to share the wealth.
     
  8. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Rodney is in a cage in the coop with medicine in his water. The vet said not to medicate anybody not showing symptoms. He also thought that since everybody has been exposed anyway taking him where he can't at least see his ladies might just needlessy add to his stress. The vet doesn't think it's anything serious. The recent stresses just weakened his immune system so he was a bit susceptible. BTW this is an older farm vet that has been treating animals a very long time. He has seen animals that have caught things from humans.
     

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