New Chicken Owner- Sneezing, Watery Eyes and congestion that rattles

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Noraida, Oct 27, 2015.

  1. Noraida

    Noraida Hatching

    Aug 4, 2015
    Hi everyone! I am a new small backyard chicken owner. I currently have 6 chickens, ranging from 8 months to 12 months. 1-Buff Orpington, 1-Delaware, 2 black-sexed link and 2 red sexed-link. I saw one of my reds with a fluid eye bubble, very little mucus, and I cleaned her up. But I do hear several others sneezing, congestion that rattles. I want just treat all of them at the same time. I don't think I can inject them so what other options do I have. Oh, they are all eating, walking and drinking very good that I can see. Only 2 have started laying eggs. So will there be any egg withdraws with the medication you recommend? Thank you in advance.

  2. Cluck Wild Farm

    Cluck Wild Farm Chirping

    Apr 24, 2013
    Southern Illinois
    Have you added any new birds to your flock? If you are uncomfortable administering meds intramuscularly, adding antibiotics to their drinking water is the easiest way to go. Honestly I save the injections for worse case scenarios anyway because it stresses them out so much. Get a small bag of an antibiotic such as oxytetracycline from your local feed store and dilute it in their water per package directions. You'll need to do some division because the package directions are for large cattle stock tanks. You'll also need to make a fresh batch every day for (if I'm remembering correctly) 5-7 days in a row so just make what they will drink each day. I believe withdraw time is 21 days.
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2015
  3. Noraida

    Noraida Hatching

    Aug 4, 2015
    No new flock added. Ok I will visit our feed store. Hopefully I can get more feedback also. Thank you for your time.
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Tylan 50 injectable is also a good treatment, and besides giving an injection, it can be given orally once or twice a day for 5 days. Dosage is 1/2 if under 50 pounds, and 1 ml for over 5 pounds. Tylan treats MG, one of the common respiratory diseases. It can be better than putting medication in the water, since sick chickens don't always drink normally to get the right dosage. Most respiratory diseases in chickens can come back, and all chickens should be considered carriers. Testing by your local extension service or state vet's office would tell you what you are dealing with.
  5. mirandaleecon

    mirandaleecon Songster

    Aug 29, 2014
    Panama City, FL
    I second this. I have had very good results with tylan, so far it is the only thing I have needed to use for respiratory issues and haven't lost a bird to them yet. As far as injections go, they are probably easier than you imagine. Tylan can be given just under the skin, so you don't have to worry about trying to get it into a vein and it's less painful than if you had to give it into a muscle. Some of my chickens don't even flinch when they get a shot. I actually find it way easier than giving something orally. And I feel more confident that they got the full dose instead of worrying that they didn't swallow it all, plus no chance of them inhaling it on accident. Only issues I ever have are trying to push all the fluffy feathers aside to get to the skin and occasionally a fidgety chicken, helps if you have a partner to hold them. Just my two cents, as already stated, if you feel more comfortable you can just give it orally...

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