New birds (quarantine) and sick how long before I can let my guard down?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jeeping31, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. jeeping31

    jeeping31 Out Of The Brooder

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    I been read old post and learning, I got 6 new Light Brahmas pullets and quarantine them inside there large coop they have. Come to find out there coughing and sneezing when to the local feed store and got Duramycin -10. Going to mix and then put it in the coop but I have not read how long before I can know I'm good and the pullets and are not sick? If they get better could this coughing come back anytime again? They love there heat lamp I will post the pic of them tomorrow.




    1) Light Brahmas , pullets (all the same size)
    2) Coughing and sneezing.
    3) two day after I got them
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms? No
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. NO
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. Yes both
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.runny, normal
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?duramycin 10
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? try to treat completely myself
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.DID
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use large pine shavings
     
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  2. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Yes, it can come back. Chickens don't catch simple colds like humans do, they catch respiratory diseases. If you Google respiratory diseases in poultry you will get an idea of what all is out there. They can be treated and recover but generally they will remain carriers of whatever they had/have and can keep passing it on to other birds on your property and even other nearby flocks.

    So to answer the question of when can you let your guard down.... I guess the answer is never.
     
  3. Gittx

    Gittx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a closed flock because of infectious coryza...an upper respiratory disease. Those birds are now considered carriers, but if you saw them today you would think what lovely healthy birds! I've looked and looked, but never found a source saying they are fine now to mix with others. I wonder about the good of quarantine since my ladies don't look at all sick and won't look sick two weeks or 2 months from now even if quarantined....unless they have a relapse.
    I'm glad you found yours were sick early so you didn't infect your flock. Can you return them? I'd certainly let whoever sold them to you that they are sick. I ended up giving my ladies Tylan (antibotic) shots for weeks, it was very hard on them and me. I had an 80% survival rate.
     
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    You wonder about the good of quarantine: It depends how long new birds are in quarantine. Six weeks is recommended and stress plays a HUGE roll in exposing "otherwise hidden" respiratory diseases. There are some diseases that have incubation times greater than 6 weeks, but most of the common diseases that poultry get occur sooner. What causes stress? Chickens are creatures of habit, once they get used to something, they dont like to deviate away from it. Stress can be anything to them; temperature changes, changes in feed, flock additions, molt, changes in living conditions and certainly quaranting in a cage or pen. Time in an unfamiliar environment can bring out hidden diseases in a chicken. Dont get me wrong, there may be an exception here or there in which case I'd suspect there is a possible underlying injury or perhaps one of those diseases that exposes itself after 6 weeks of quarantine. Infectious Coryza isnt one of them.
    Like you mentioned, Coryza isnt fun to deal with, costing time and treatment moneywise and it's never cured. Some type of stressor can bring it out again in the future. They're your birds and you successfully treated them and maintain a closed flock. I'm glad for you and it would be tough to cull even when this first started.
    However, I cant see perpetuating this disease, not to mention the time and money spent on meds. I wouldve culled my birds at the first indication of this disease.
     
  5. jeeping31

    jeeping31 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all the info but sad to say one has die.[​IMG]

    I have 5 left I hope the duramycin- 10 works. My friend also said get a pumpkin because it a natural wormer. I wonder what kill the chick, I have the chick wrap up in a bag to take it to a place to find out what kill it.... Cold weather, gapworm? I live in Lexington SC where would there be a place to take to find out?



    Try to post pic tonight of my birds
     
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Most likely you're dealing with a respiratory disease, not gapeworm. Duramycin 10 is mixed in water as you know. Sick birds usually wont drink, simply because they are too sick. I recommend that you purchase tylan 50 injectable and administer it orally to each sick pullet, that way you know they got properly treated and dosed correctly. No guesswork about it. How old are your pullets so that I could give you the dosage for tylan 50?
    I forgot to add that if you decide to treat them with the tylan 50 injectable, you'll need a syringe with a needle to withdraw the liquid from the bottle.
     
  7. jeeping31

    jeeping31 Out Of The Brooder

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    Dawg53 thank you for your post The girls are drink the mix water and eating crumbles and walking around chirping sounds. I will see in the morning how they are doing.

    Here's the girls after the one die


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  8. jeeping31

    jeeping31 Out Of The Brooder

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    Like to add as of today all 5 are doing well gave them the mix of the duramycin- 10 and water for 3 days. They are not not showing signs of coughing and sneezing and eating healthy. They ate a half of a small watermelon plus there regular scratch. Here the question how long would you quarantine these birds before you let them hang out with the flock???
     
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