Need some encouragement please

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Engine823, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. Engine823

    Engine823 Songster

    Jul 19, 2017
    Well about 7 months or so ago we had a hen that had trouble laying. She eventually laid but a couple days later though she started getting weak and limping. Long story short she became very weak and I had to put her down. She was sick for 2-3 weeks.
    Fast forward to today. I have another hen that has for about a month had a sore on her back. I assumed it was okay because it appeared to he scabbed over and I thought healing. Just about a week ago she started limping. I started researching and found it sounded a lot like Merecks disease.
    I took her to a vet that specialized in chickens. He stated that there was no test for Merecks in a live bird. He checked her and said that the spot on her back was actually as big around as a tennis ball under her skin. He said it felt hot and may be a tumor or possibly a infected abscess.
    I had been giving her a half of a baby aspirin twice a day for pain since I noticed her limping. Now for two days I have been giving her tylan 50 injectable. I have been giving her 1 CC ( she is 4 lbs ) once per day. I've been giving it to her in her breast muscle. I don't like having to do it but hopefully it may help her. I separated her from the other birds and put her in her own coop. I plan on giving a total of 5 days of tylan 50, 1 CC per day. Afterwards if she doesn't improve I don't know what else to do.
    Today was her first full day after her first dose of tylan. I noticed no change in her or the mass on her back. I gave her second dose tonight.
    Her name is Emily! Would appreciate prayers and kind thoughts!

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  2. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie ---CMS--- (Chicken Math Syndrome) Premium Member

    Feb 28, 2017
    Fl. Peninsula
    My Coop
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  3. FishMtFarm

    FishMtFarm Guilty fluffy chicken petter... Premium Member

    Jan 2, 2017
    Lake Pleasant, NY
    Did the vet try putting a needle in the mass and drawing out fluid? If it's an abcess it needs to be drained. Tylan is more for upper respiratory stuff. I would give penicillin and open that scab up to drain and flush any infection out. Hoping she can pull through.
  4. getaclue

    getaclue Crossing the Road 5 Years

    Jun 19, 2013
    Central Florida
    Engine, some things take time. Hopefully, in a few days, you will see a difference. It sounds like you are doing all you can. Keep us posted.
  5. staceyj

    staceyj Crossing the Road

    Jan 1, 2017
    Coastal NC
    My Coop
    Emily is beautiful and I can tell you love her and want what's best for her.
    I'll keep her in my thoughts and prayers and hope this course of treatment is successful.
  6. Engine823

    Engine823 Songster

    Jul 19, 2017
    He didn't do anything but feel of it. He also stated that legally he couldn't prescribe chickens an antibiotic anymore. Thats why I got the tylan at tractor supply.
    Tylan is an antibiotic right? Will it don't possible help? As far as opening up the spot I don't feel I could do that. I hate even giving her a shot. I don't want to hurt her.
    Penicillin would have to be prescribed by a vet correct?
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  7. Engine823

    Engine823 Songster

    Jul 19, 2017
    I hope so friend. The vet stated he legally couldn't prescribe her an antibiotic. Thats why I got tylan 50 at tractor supply. He said he could surgically remove the mass but it would be about $350.00
    I already have $100.00 with the vet visit and antibiotic
    I hope this antibiotic is strong enough. Someone else on her said that it was only for respitory illness
  8. Wyno Queen

    Wyno Queen In the Brooder

    Oct 4, 2017
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  9. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Free Ranging

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Hi @Engine823 I'm sorry your having trouble.

    That's a bit odd that the vet can't prescribe antibiotics for chickens?
    He didn't lance the wound either - any photos of the wound?

    You can try the Tylan50 to see if there is improvement since that's what you have available. Dosage for injectable Tylan50 is 1cc or ml per 5lbs of weight, given orally or by injection 2X per day for 5days. ( ((If your hen weighs 4lbs., give her .80cc or ml 2times a day for 5days)))

    Do the best you can to keep her hydrated. If the wound is very large, then keeping her separated may be in order if she is being picked at ( dog kennel in the run works well for this).
  10. Wyno Queen

    Wyno Queen In the Brooder

    Oct 4, 2017
    All the very best with Emily. I had a cockeril with Mereks a few years ago. It was heartbreaking!
    Emily knows she is loved. I agree the abcess should be drained. Try and find a poultry specialist vet in your area. Bigger vet practices often have various vets who pursue their special interests and areas of training and expertise. Worth a second opinion!

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