My experience dealing with MG (Mycoplasma gallispectum)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Southernbelle, May 14, 2009.

  1. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    One evening my Barred Rock hen, who I've had for well over a year, bumped into the back of my legs when I was feeding the rabbits. I looked at her and she looked a little funny. I picked her up and noticed her face was swollen and her eyes were watery and bubbly – I think she bumped into me because she was having a hard time seeing. No sneezing, coughing, discharge or any other sign of illness; her appetite was normal and she laid an egg that day. I immediately put her in quarantine and started searching everything I could find on swollen face and bubbly eyes. Nothing seemed to fit and it was too late in the day to talk to a vet. The next morning she was perfectly fine, the swelling was gone and her eyes were normal and she wanted out of quarantine. I thought she must've tried to eat a bee or something and I went to set her down with her coopmates and I heard a sneeze. I picked her right back up and put her back in quarantine and called my vet who referred me to the state vet, who happens to be located within 10 miles of me.

    The state vet came out for free that afternoon and swabbed throats and took blood on my Barred Rock and 5 other birds in the flock. The vet was very nice and seemed happy to help me, but I got the impression he thought I was one of THOSE people, the ones who call for professional help over every little thing. After all, this bird looked perfectly healthy right then and I only heard her sneeze once. He kept telling me he thought it was nothing, but we may as well be sure.

    I got the call yesterday afternoon that it was MG (Mycoplasma gallispectum) also known as CRD (Chronic Respiratory Disease). He told me that MG is common in backyard flocks and the state doesn't have a protocol for dealing with it. The source is a trio of bantams I bought last month. I had quarantined them and they showed no sign of illness, but MG survivors are carriers for life and they infected my birds while showing no signs of it themselves. He said it was especially telling that one of my birds that has never been off my property got sick when the newcomers did not.

    UPDATE: I did cull my original flock and accepted hatching eggs from some generous BYCers to start over again. Now, I never bring in started birds and I will never show my birds because poultry diseases are spread too easily. MG is common in wild birds, but I've never seen any signs of it in my current flock.
    Last edited: May 30, 2010
  2. lovemychix

    lovemychix Songster

    Oct 14, 2008
    Moulton Iowa
    That must be so hard. [​IMG]

    I had a scare from bringing in birds. NO more bringing in started birds for me. Thank God mine wasn't serious but it was a warning.
  3. TheReidHomestead

    TheReidHomestead Never enough coops...

    Feb 5, 2009
    Monroe, WA
    My Coop
    Sooooo sorry for you loss!!!! [​IMG]

    Thanks for sharing your story though. Hopefully it will help a lot of people and birds.
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    My heart goes out to you as you go through this. I'm so sorry to hear your story.

    Stories like yours & others' have confirmed for me that mine will remain a closed flock, with only hatchery chicks allowed into it.
  5. EricShane

    EricShane Songster

    Apr 12, 2009
    SouthWestern Ohio
    aww Im so sorry!!! I wish there was something I could do [​IMG]
  6. BayCityBabe

    BayCityBabe Songster

    May 1, 2008
    My birds are pets, so I cannot imagine making such a hard choice. [​IMG]
    I am trying to understand, not to challenge you: Is there any reason you couldn't just keep the flock as a closed one? Are you going to eat these birds that are culled? Did the vet endorse your decision or present other options?
    Just curious...
  7. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    Make sure the hatchery is certified MG free, most are not.

    I cannot ship to some states because they require you to be certified MG free which requires you to test all of your birds every three months for MG. I cannot afford it.
  8. citygirl

    citygirl In the Brooder

    Oct 8, 2008
    Dayton, Ohio
    I can't begin to relate but I'm so sorry. Your distress brought tears to my eyes. [​IMG]
  9. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    All I can say is Im am so so so sorry! I'm not a certified breeder-but I have BO's and RIR birdies and can send you some for free-you let me know if you want them and look at them on my BYC page-I have not seen any sickness in my birds-no sneezing runny eyes-nothing... I wish you the best [​IMG]
  10. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!


    I am so sorry to hear that you are going through this. It must have been a very difficult decision to make. [​IMG]

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