My flock has several sicknesses.... Please help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BantamWhisperer, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. I think my flock has several sicknesses. I need help figuring out what they've got so I can cure 'em!

    Symptoms:
    • Runny Noses
    • stopped up noses
    • Coughing
    • Sneezing
    • Wheezing
    • Gasping

    Someone told me a cold, but 3 birds have died. One just died 6 minutes ago. I brought him in because he'd been gasping. And I just changed his food and water, and sat with him for 10 minutes and observed and petted him. I got up and walked back in the house ( he's in the garage ) and grabbed the plain yogurt an walked out there. I sat it down and he kept pecking his seed and literally flipped in mid-air onto his back and never moved again. He had a feint heart beat and I put my finger down his throat to make sure he wasn't choking then did CPR, but it was to late.

    Please help me guys. I don't want to lose another bird : (
     
  2. PeakyBeaky

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  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Get a necropsy done! If you're in the USA, there are many states that do it or free and many others that charge a small fee. DO NOT FREEZE your bird! If you can't figure out a place, let me know where you are and I'll find a place for you.
     
  4. They range from 3 months to 2 1/2 yrs.
     
  5. Don't they kill them?!
     
  6. casportpony

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    Don't you have a dead one already?
     
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    Where do you live?
     
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  9. Harry Rooster

    Harry Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    So sorry about your rooster. I have mine in my homemade hosp. in shop now. Several days ago I started having these same symptoms from one of the new pullets we got (out of 10). I called vet, isolated her in shop and got some Tetracycline/Duramycin from the feed store and started her on it. She made it a day and 1/2. Aprox 2 days after that, I noticed my favorite rooster (cockrel?), was just standing in the yard, which was not normal for him. Usually very active and comes when I call him, he follows me around the yard always. At closer look, I saw that he didn't look like he felt good, and he had a runny nose, it had dirt stuck on it. I got him his favorite treat (spagetti) and he was not interested. I then got him up and put him in the hospital also, and started to treat. He also had diarreha (yellow runny). I got on here and read and read and asked questions, but no one knew for sure. I did learn a lot though. I went and got some electrolytes from the feed store and started him on that also and apple cider vinegar in his water. Had to give it to him in a syringe (without needle). The pullet (girl) eats and drinks good but is still coughing. The sneezing has stopped and the diarreha has cleared up also. He is not coughing anymore and has started eating a little. I still give him a syringe of the medicated water anyway and also got some yougart a couple of days ago and am giving that the same way about twice a day. He sleeps a lot but I can tell he feels better, and his nose has stopped running, I kept it cleaned out as well as I could with a toothpick (very carefully), and qtip. One side is still stopped up a little, but he is a lot better, only thing is now there has appeared a sore on the side of his head about where his ear is (I guess). I've been putting neosporin on it once a day at bedtime. Just found another small pullet with the same symptoms on Sat. she was worse though, hardly moving at all. Got her and put her up too, but she didn't make it even a day. I just don't understand how my rooster got it becuse he was free range, and the others were in a fenced pen, unless it was airborne. None of my other free range chickens (Bantams) have any signs of it yet, hope they don't. I took the pullet that died Sat., to the vet today to have it sent off for testing. Another thing about those new chickens, they smelled bad when we got them, I noticed that, but I just assumed it was because they were in a horse pen, but some on here say it is a sign of a disease. These chickens were not well cared for and malnurished also. Yours sounds like my problem. Don't yet know what it is, but the treatment I've done so far is working but slow. I ordered some Tylan 50 (some say is the sure thing for clearing it up) but haven't gotten it in the mail yet. Oh also, very important, keep them warm and out of the wind and air. I think they would both be dead by now if I hadn't brought them inside. I actually had to go get roll of wire and make a huge cage for the rooster, to put him in. Covered bottom with newspaper it holds heat. He sleeps very well. Hope this helps. I have hope for him now and the chicken (Bubbles).
     
  10. Harry Rooster

    Harry Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG]BTW, just wanted to say a big Thank You to everyone and this site. I don't know what I would have done without you. I am fairly new to chickens and all of mine are pets, but I've never had to deal with disease or anything other then preditors, before. If not for y'all, my rooster and the other pullet would have long been dead by now and also probably a lot more of them as well. Thank you greatly for your help and advise. I love this site.
     

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