My bird has the bird form of Mycoplasma, help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Fairyloop5, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. micstrachan

    micstrachan Free Ranging

    This is an interesting perspective. Thank you for sharing. I lean more toward the “save everything” side, since I have the luxury of keeping chickens as pets. But I have deep respect for those of you who raise them humanely for food I am still learning. My position slowly shifts the more I learn. I haven’t figured out how to purchase responsible meat, so I eat very little, and only eat eggs from my own chickens since the bulk of egg laying chickens are treated so poorly. This is also a reminder to keep strict biosecurity.
  2. Katonk

    Katonk Chirping

    Apr 4, 2019
    I appreciate your frankness and openness to my soap boxes opinion. Def biosecurity it's something that should be discussed more often within our circles. I want to say I don't hold anything against mainstream consumers, with our needs my family is still consuming industrially produced meats. We just can't afford not to. With diligence, love, and work I know I can get us further away from those practices.
    After all they only exist to meet the need. Families need to eat.
    I raised a few sons in metro areas of California, I myself was raised in a small town on the coastline. We had a garden growing up but city rule didn't allow livestock in any amount. They weren't wrong, those that broke the rule were few, and more than a few got themselves and their neighbors very very sick. We just all lived too close to one another.
    Deep in the city we were completely dependant on commercial sources for all food. I refuse to apologize for providing for my children, and I'll defend any who live off those sources completely.
    As my personal prosperity grew so did my choices and now I've a little land to call my own.
    We are rich in choice here.
    Everyone here is learning about the possibility and consequence of choices, both good and bad.
    I'm so grateful for the options I'm able to work towards. I hope I've not offended anyone, my opinions are my own.
    Aaaaand it's 9/11, feelings today are a little rough. Consider me overly fluffed and in need of yummy treats.
    Rock on my fellow crazy chicken lovers and partilly hartilly on the forum grapevines.
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I agree that getting some testing would help in knowing what your chicken has, and how to go from there. Check with your state vet’s office about where to get reasonable testing done. Zoologix and a few other commercial labs will send you swabs to test your birds for a fee. There are a handful of common respiratory diseases, some caused by viruses, bacteria and mycoplasma, and fungus. Any respiratory disease in the flock should be dealt with by closing the flock to new birds, and not giving away or selling birds. Keep in mind that wild birds may be carriers of MG. We can also bring in diseases by buying chickens from other people, swap meets, breeders, and even by visiting feed stores. Having close neighbors with diseased birds can also be a way to bring in diseases. Good biosecurity should always be practiced, and that can limit the spread of disease. Culling sick birds can help control the disease, but in a small backyard flock, I would first get tested, then try treatment, and go from there.
    Texas Kiki, slordaz, Tesumph and 6 others like this.
  4. Fairyloop5

    Fairyloop5 Songster

    May 3, 2019
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    I suggest that you go online and see necropsy photos of Mycoplasma diseased chickens as to what damage the disease caused internally. Perhaps THEN you would cull and not let diseased birds suffer.
  6. Fairyloop5

    Fairyloop5 Songster

    May 3, 2019
    I would if I could, but its so hard for me to do, my whole flock has been getting sick and got eaten, I don’t know why. He has been by my side the whole time, it’s just overly stressful to see him die, especially to do and say I have miles a chicken. I am also on the save everything side!
    AviansLove likes this.
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    You have to learn if you're going to be a responsible chicken owner. Sometimes, euthanizing an animal is the most humane thing to do. Sometimes, you euthanize or sacrifice one to save the rest of the flock. That is the reality of keeping chickens you cannot ignore.
  8. Fairyloop5

    Fairyloop5 Songster

    May 3, 2019
    I’m not gonna do it
  9. Rammy

    Rammy Crowing

    Oct 20, 2008
    RiverStorm and aart like this.
  10. Fairyloop5

    Fairyloop5 Songster

    May 3, 2019
    I’m sorry, it’s just hard.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: