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Mysterious sickness in my flock!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by FreeRangeEng, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. FreeRangeEng

    FreeRangeEng Hatching

    Aug 11, 2012
    I just started my coup this year. I chose my chicks and raised them from a week old and younger. My husband and I also went to poultry auctions and acquired a few birds this way as well. Somewhere along the line we brought something into the coop, even after we quarantined and checked over any new additions.

    Here is what is going on:

    Runny noses (beaks)

    Wheezing of some sort

    Neck stretching (to breathe better)

    Eyes swelling

    Eyes getting really watery

    Eyes gooping up and staying closed

    Eyes pussing

    Death :(

    This might not be the exact order. Here I what I have done-

    I have researched, read books and talked to vets and people who raise chickens. Unfortunately there is nOt a vet in the area that can come look t them or that I can go to, I don't know why, there are many people who have chickens here.

    I have tried putting oxine in a humidifier and putting them in a small area to insure they breathe it in. This works a little for some and leaves others with goopy eyes. I have swabbed throats to make sure there is not blockage or blood.
    I have given them duramycin an vitamins and electrolytes but not at the same time, and I have done vitamins and oxine mix in water but then the eyes got worse so I went back to duramycin.

    Please any ideas are welcomed! They are currently on medicated chick starter, even the adults. They have duramycin in water, and I'm still "fogging" them with the oxine...

    Any help is great. Thanks!

  2. J-Sanders

    J-Sanders Songster

    Jul 28, 2012
    IB (infectious bronchitis) The duramycin will help with secondary infection but the disease will have to run its course. Sorry

  3. dorsey75

    dorsey75 Hatching

    Sep 2, 2012
    You can contact zoologix and they will send a kit to collect a tracheal swab send it back to them and they can test for all respiratory illness or most of them anyways. My chickens had the same symptoms and turned out they had ort. About a hundred bucks for the test but at least you know what your dealing with.
  4. dorsey75

    dorsey75 Hatching

    Sep 2, 2012
    I forgot to mention that we also bought a few chickens from an auction and that is how our flock caught ort. A lady that replied to my post suggested taking a bird from the existing flock and adding it to the ones in quarantine before adding them to the whole flock.

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