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MG in my chicken?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by AnimalsComeFirst, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. AnimalsComeFirst

    AnimalsComeFirst Songster

    Jun 6, 2011
    Hugging a Chicken
    1) What type of bird , age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others.).
    She is a barred rock, I don't know her age, but her weight is normal, 5 pounds. She seems a little thinner than the other chickens, but the weight matches the others.
    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    She is very lethargic, not moving and doesn't seem to wanna walk. She is drooling, spitting, gaping, bubbles around the eyes.
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
    About a year, but it has gotten worse over the past months.
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?
    No, the other birds are fine.
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    She does have a leg problem, it was stepped on by a horse and is twisted, making her walk funny.
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    I think the disease is MG, all the symptoms match - http://poultrykeeper.com/chickens/health/mycoplasma-gallisepticum.html
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    She is eating layer pellet, and is drinking water with apple cider vinegar as a supplement, and Vet RX as well.
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    Nothing really, just vet RX.
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    I can do it myself, I was hoping on getting a powder, but its very expensive, so I might have to get a injectable.
    11) Describe the housing/bedding in use.
    4 x 3 coop with wood shavings.

    What do you all think?

  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    You might want to try some antibiotics on her. She will probably respond well and heal.
  3. AnimalsComeFirst

    AnimalsComeFirst Songster

    Jun 6, 2011
    Hugging a Chicken
    You think the tylan 50 will work? I'm just afraid i'm gonna medicate her with the wrong antibiotic and hurt her.

  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    If you suspect MG, tylan will treat the symptoms, but not cure it. You can use the tylan 50 injectable, it is cheaper. You'll need a syringe with a needle to extract it from the bottle. It'll be in the cattle section at your feed store. You can give it orally. Dosage is 1/2cc once a day for 5 days. You should see improvement about the third or fourth days, but continue the fifth day. Stop the VetRx.

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