Natural At-home treatment for Coryza needed ASAP!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ThIsafricanhome, Dec 14, 2015.

  1. ThIsafricanhome

    ThIsafricanhome Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My flock has been infected with Coryza by a recent chick order from a hatchery - I'm loosing chicks about every other day right now.
    I have some special circumstances that make treatment difficult - I live in Congo, Africa where I can't go and buy a treatment or seek veterinary care for my animals.

    I ordered a batch of special chickens called Kuroilers from the neighboring country of Uganda and had them flown into our village. Two other families went in on the order. My chicks started falling ill three days after I received them two Fridays ago. Symptoms include diarrhea, sneezing, mucus discharge from nose and eyes, limpness, swollen faces and eyes, eye sockets full of puss and blockage, crackling wet noises when affected birds are breathing. My flock of five hens, one rooster, four ducks and a guinea fowl were completely healthy before the introduction of the chicks. I also have turkeys that are separate from the other birds but the runs are connected. One of the other families to purchase chicks along with us has a sick chick. The source is the chicks. They were supposed to come from a good source and be vaccinated - hence I didn't put them in quarantine before putting them in with my flock. (Yes, this was a mistake but please focus on helping me, not lecturing me on proper flock management)

    At first I posted on several Facebook groups for help and people thought it was a mixture of things like fowl pox or Cocci. I have tried things in their water and feed to no avail (this was before I diagnosed it as Coryza) - cayenne, garlic, ACV, Oregano EO, Aloe Vera and even am doing a diluted bleach treatment now (when others thought it was Cocci, this has been used effectively). In their feed I have given turmeric, cayenne, cinnamon, garlic, Oregano EO, Rosemary EO, and fed them fresh homemade yogurt mixed with Aloe Vera and Oregano EO.

    Nothing is working and my birds are falling ill. Not just the chicks either - one of my broody hens is now showing symptoms. Three of the month-old chicks have died so far and I have another two isolated from the others this morning.

    Let me repeat - I do not have access to a vet, antibiotics or other medications of any kind. I have a few Essential Oils, herbs and spices, bleach, Vetericyn, topical triple-antibiotic ointment, and any local plants and produce (think tropical like pineapples, papaya and avocado, etc.).

    Is there anything I can give to my flock on a wide basis to help treat and control the spread of this disease? Do you have any suggestions on how to prevent the others who are not showing symptoms from catching the disease?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    It does sound like Infectious Coryza.
    It can be also be in combination with cholera, pox, bronchitis, CRD or laryngotracheitis.

    This is a tough one since the cause is the bacteria Haemophilus paragallinarum. That is spread by contact with the infected bird, dust, drinking water and feed.

    There are some suggested homeopathic treatments listed in post #5 in the following link.
    http://backyardchickens.yuku.com/topic/4756

    Try to separate any birds that do not seem infected.
    Even if you had access to antibiotics, the disease may recur after discontinuing the meds.
    Culling is preferable since survivors may be carriers.

    The bacteria doesn't not survive long in the environment and are destroyed by disinfectants. After disinfecting, leave the housing vacant for 3 weeks.
     
  3. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    Wow, this is a challenge... No access to meds... I am very curious on how this will be accomplished, as I mughtvrun across this in the future and I avoid meds at almost every turn, so this information might come in handy...

    That and I really hope we can save your birds :(

    I had to look up how and what kind if infection we are looking at, so I'll post the link I went to first...
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/82/infectious-coryza/

    Yep, sounds like you know exactly what it is...

    I also found a couple if PDFs on natural products that would normally be used in your area..

    This one from Kenya...

    http://www.ethnopharmacologia.org/prelude/pdf/bibio-vo-12-okitoi.pdf

    This one from Zimbabwe
    http://www.ethnopharmacologia.org/prelude/pdf/bibio-vm-38-mwale.pdf


    And more general research on coryza and experimental treatments, just for info on the different methods of treatment...
    http://www.jstor.org/stable/1587862

    http://ps.oxfordjournals.org/content/34/5/1054.short


    I'll dug more for natural remedies, like maybe Neem? It's going to require something with antiviral and antibacterial properties, for sure... Cinnamon maybe?

    Hmmm I think we can find something that would fit, or a combination of something that can help treat and prevent at the same time.


    Edit* adding links for Botswana...
    http://lrrd.cipav.org.co/lrrd22/6/more22107.htm

    http://www.ejmanager.com/mnstemps/74/74-1337082479.pdf

    And an addendum of all herbs and properties...
    https://books.google.com/books?hl=e...ts=t_6SnbcpQB&sig=O12Gnd5NIb9fVDpq1t0mJZIUZrI

    That last one is literally a book ;)
     
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  4. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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  5. ThIsafricanhome

    ThIsafricanhome Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It also has the distinct sickly-sweet smell near the head like Coryza descriptions. I've been isolating the sick birds, like I mentioned, but now one of my broody hens is sick. She is on a clutch of eggs due to hatch in a week. I'll continue to add aloe to their water to help.
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    I think your best bet outside of meds is to feed the birds as nutritiously as possible while giving extreme ventilation so their systems can fight the infection.
    That may entail vitamins, amino acids and some trace elements. Do you have access to seaweed or kelp?
    What kinds of fruits/berries do you have ripening now?
     
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  7. ThIsafricanhome

    ThIsafricanhome Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No seaweed or kelp of any kind. We don't have berries here but there are tropical fruits like pineapple, mangos, passion fruit and guava. I'm giving them free-choice garlic and yogurt mixed with aloe. I can mix some molasses into their water along with the aloe and garlic.
     
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