Mrs. Peckers and length tetracycline question?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HappyChickadee, Mar 2, 2015.

  1. HappyChickadee

    HappyChickadee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my goodness. I feel like a mother of a brand new infant that has no clue what to do. You know, after so many human children we get so good at diagnosing them that we can almost take them to the doctor tell him what to do or prescribe. Well, with my chicken babies I feel pretty lost.

    I have five backyard hens and you know the crazy chicken lady can't stop with those. I just had to have colored eggs. Well, I bought three chicks from a local lady and I really don't think any of this is to blame on her but one of those chicks died - I don't know what was wrong with it. I tried to save her but no luck. I was also out of town for two weeks and the chickens as well as the chicks were under my husband's care. He and the kids state they were both diligent about washing hands, etc. The baby chicks were in the house and not at all introduced to the outside flock. Ok, so the other two baby chicks were okay and I treated them with corrid JUST in case it was cocci. I did not treat my outside flock. They did not show symtoms but I still think it is important to mention everything that has happened.

    Now, Mrs. Peckers, from the outside flock (barred rock hen) has come down with some type of upper respiratory infection. She is the least happy with humans and prefers to live life with just verbal loving confirmation lol. I usually have to chase her down and she is the top dog in the flock. I went out this morning and she come out of the hen house first and stopped like she wanted me to pick her up. I heard that noise like trying to get air but I thought there was a misunderstanding and she was hissing at me about picking her up - my bad. So I went in the house, came back out and she stops in front of me again for some pets. I heard the noise she made while breathing again and now I was suspicious. I went in and back out again and she flew to my shoulder - Ok, I got it, she does not feel like herself. My husband swears that there is no way she was trying to tell me but I KNOW SHE IS TRYING TO TELL ME SHE IS SICK. She is isolated in the house - away from the other chicks. Mrs. Peckers in the sick bay which happens to be our shower.


    I guess she must have been the one who did not lay an egg yesterday. She makes that breathing noise like she is trying to catch her breath, hard breathing, she sneezes and barely has a runny nose but it is there. She ate this morning really well when I fed her scrambled eggs. She has not been as interested in her layer pellets but she has ate some. I have seen her drink. Her poo seems normal so far. She is awake and alert but definitely being very docile, which is not in her nature. Honestly, I thought oh goodness I am so glad it is not my Barbara (my chicken) but this Mrs. Peckers is pulling at my heart strings with this labored breathing business. I almost can't stand it.

    I went to Atwoods and bought some type of tetracycline powder to use in her water. I have it mixed up. Do I make her drink some or force it on her or let her drink it at will?

    I did not have the nerve to get the type to give intramuscularly. I am so worried that she will throw a fit and I will stab her all the way through to some major organ. Ugh, what an awful thought.

    I am hoping this does not hit my other chickens. And like a crazy mother of a newborn - I went in and bleached the hen house all the way to the rafters, there is new bedding, and all waterers were bleached. I did it all in 36 degree weather. I thought of the wild birds that live and sleep in the "bamboo forest" not far from their hen house but in my neighbors yard and I thought about bleaching each stalk of bamboo. lol. I sure hope she did not get sick from the wild birds. I hope my others don't have it also.

    So, after you listening to my crazy lady chicken story....do I force the medicated water on her? I hope the medication works for her and that is something treatable. I am going to just kick myself if I brought it in from another coop.
     
  2. HappyChickadee

    HappyChickadee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    UGH!! Zulu has it too but her breathing is not as bad as Mrs. Peckers. This totally stinks. That means they will all get it. I just pray that I don't lose the whole flock over this. :( I hope I am over reacting.
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Tetracycline (Duramycin 10) should be mixed at the maximum level at 1tablespoonful per gallon of water for 7 to 14 days. An easier thing to do would be to use Tylan 50 injectable, and give it orally to each ill chicken. Dosage is 1 ml by mouth for 5 days. It is more effective and quicker acting to give it as an injectable for 3 days, but if you can't do injections, it would still help. The problem with using antibiotics in the water is that sick chickens do not drink well, especially in cold weather.
     
  4. HappyChickadee

    HappyChickadee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for your response. I will stop by later and get the injectable form and give it orally. They are both drinking well but then I know exactly how much they are getting.
     
  5. HappyChickadee

    HappyChickadee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @eggcessive

    Since I have two that shows signs do you think I should just treat all five hens at the same time with the injectable? Everyone at the same time or wait for the next one to go down? I'm thinking that since Mrs. Peckers started and Zulu was less than 24 hours late that surely the rest of the hens will come down with it. They hang out together all the time. Heck they even get together in one nesting box when there are more nesting boxes available.
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    I would separate the sick ones and treat the sick ones only. I think the antibiotics should be only used on those that show symptoms.
     
  7. HappyChickadee

    HappyChickadee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I will do just that. Today Mrs. Peckers seems better than last night but still obviously congested. She laid an egg today and she didn't for two days. She also gave us the egg song which sounded exceptionally Loud since she's in our shower with the glass doors shut. Haha chickens have so muh personality.
     
  8. HappyChickadee

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    I am sorry if I am asking way too many questions because I know a lot of people on here are probably asking the same exact thing. I am going to give her the 1ml just once a day or how many times a day? and then for the five days? I am getting ready to give her the shot. Wish me luck!
     
  9. HappyChickadee

    HappyChickadee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Heck yeah, I rock. That was easy!

    Also I take away the medicated water, correct?
     
  10. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Yes just use the Tylan 50, and give it once a day for 5 days.
     
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