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I think one of my chickens has MG ( mycoplasma gallisepticum) and I dont know what to do, please he

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Wild--Star, Sep 22, 2015.

  1. Wild--Star

    Wild--Star Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my pullets has recently been sneezing and has foamy bubbles in her eyes ad i have done some research and i think she has (MG) mycoplasma gallisepticum and i dont know what to do?

    Do i need to take her to a vet or some sort of poultry specialist? I heard that antibiotics help but i don't know which kind or where to purchase them and apparently she should be separated from the flock but they have already been together for so long...?

    I don't think MG is deadly in most cases but I'm not positive.

    Also i heard infected bird could be carriers for life, does this mean she could get the disease again? None of my chickens have laid yet but if she has MG can i still eat her eggs when she does lay? I am pretty sure most of my other chickens are vaccinated but im not sure she has been.

    I really need some answers and help!


    My chickens are family pets so I am very worried. [​IMG] Does anyone have some advice or info please? Thx
     
  2. katelk

    katelk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been dealing with the same issue for a couple of months now. First of all, don't worry. My birds are like pets too, so I feel your concern. The truth is, MG can be brought into your flock by wild birds or anything really. My birds free range, so I suspect that to be the source. If you just keep your birds for eggs and pets, this should not be a death sentence.
    Eggs are still fine to eat.
    Death from this should be rare unless you just have a sickly bird. They will probably be carriers for life, but usually symptoms only appear when they are under stress. Good news is, the first appearance of symptoms is usually the worst. Stress can come from introducing new birds, change in food, environment, weather changes, etc. Before treating with an antibiotic, try giving some vitamins and see if a healthy boost won't knock the symptoms out. Vitamin products that have worked for me are:
    - Rooster Booster Poultry Cell (my fave and kicked the symptoms quick when added to their water for a few days. Make sure to also provide fresh clean water as well for their choosing)
    - Nutridrench

    Also, adding cinnamon and ground cloves to some plain yogurt (I also add some oats to make it more appetizing for those who dont like just yogurt) can help kick symptoms and prevent symptoms.

    For immediate relief of respiratory symptoms, I have used VetRx. you just rub a couple drops on their beak around their nose holes, trying to get it to drop into their nose even. Rub a couple drops on their head/comb. It is basically like a chicken version of vapor rub. I use this at night if I notice any congested breathing or sneezing while they are trying to sleep.
    There are worse things they can have. Just treat the symptoms when they pop up. From what I understand, there is no actual cure, antibiotics will basically treat symptoms and not prevent them from being carriers and having future outbreaks. I like to think of antibiotics as an absolute last resort.
    Hope this helps!
     
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  3. Wild--Star

    Wild--Star Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks heaps that was very helpful [​IMG]
     
  4. Eggcessive

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    Tylan 50 injectable can be given orally once or twice daily for 5 days to treat symptoms of MG. Dosage is 1/2 ml for up to 5lb, and 1 ml for over 5lb. Oxytetracycline can be used in the water instead if she is drinking well.
     
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  5. Wild--Star

    Wild--Star Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you x
     

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