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Infected keel

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by country guy, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. country guy

    country guy New Egg

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    My young stag has a infected keel from sleeping on the ground, there's liquid build up inside. I drained out the liquid and been giving him amoxicillin but the liquid keeps coming back, what else can I do?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I would clean it out with Vetericyn or betadine. You may want to give him a stronger antibiotic such as enrofloxacin in case he has E.coli in his abscess. You can search at the top of this page for "baytril or enrofloxacin sources" to find where to purchase it. Your local farm vet may also help. Can you get him to start roosting at night by placing him there after dark? Does he have any swollen leg joints or trouble walking?
     
  3. country guy

    country guy New Egg

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    I moved him and two of his sisters from wire flooring and they just been sleeping on the ground since. The two pullets are fine it's just him that has it. I do have enrofloxin, I will give that a try. I just use enrofloxin for respitory infections. His legs are fine just his chest area is infected
     
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  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    If you have had any respiratory problems such as MG or MS, one of the first signs can be a breast blister. But it sounds like his sleeping on the ground may be the problem. I had a cockerel who was in a large pen with 2 other more dominant fellows, and he developed a breast blister and scab from staying on a roost 24 hours a day. They wouldn't let him eat, drink, or walk around even, so I had to separate them, and eventually re-home them.
     
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    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Can you post a picture of it?

    -Kathy
     
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