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Odds that my baby chicks have CRD

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Gem1030, Jun 13, 2017.

  1. Gem1030

    Gem1030 New Egg

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    So we bought 3 new little baby chicks from a trusted store that I've purchased from in the past. 2 days later I traded my silkie roosters (very sad, not allowed to have roosters) for 5 week old chicks....4 of them. I had all seven of them in a brooder together. This was on Sunday. Today (Tuesday) I noticed 2 of the older chicks had bubbling swollen eyes and sneezing. As soon as I noticed I separated the chicks. I have the 3 babies in a new clean space and the other 4 I gave back to the person I got them from. My question is what are the chances my new little babies contracted this disease? Will I know it? I have a strong healthy flock and I dont want to add these babies if they are now carrier's.
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Probably by the time you saw the symptoms, I'd say its more than likely that the other chicks could be infected. Personally, I would not take the chance - it's simply not worth it.
     
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  3. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Hi @Gem1030 :frowWelcome To BYC

    I agree with @CTKen

    Though some may disagree - I would consider the chicks to be exposed to respiratory illness, therefore, they would be carriers. "Most" respiratory illnesses are highly transmittable through contact, mucous (sneezing), discharges, dust, feathers, etc.

    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
     
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  4. charles1980

    charles1980 Just Hatched

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    Hello, what do you guys use to cure the chicks of CRD since the ban of water soluble antibiotics? Thanks
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    CRD, a term that sometimes is used for MG or mycoplasma gallisepticum, stands for chronic respiratory disease. Chronic means that the disease is never cured--the chicken has it, is a carrier for life, and although the symptoms may go away, they may return during a period of stress--during a molt, cold weather or other stresses.
    Tylan 50 injectable may be used to treat symptoms. Dosage is 0.2ml per pound of weight given orally or by injection twice a day for 5 days. Tylan Soluble Powder may be obtained from a vet with a prescription, and is used in the drinking water. Take a look at the link in post #3 for symptoms and treatment of MG and other common respiratory diseases, such as coryza, ILT, and bronchitis. Flocks with MG should be closed--no birds in or out to control the disease.
     
  6. IdyllwildAcres

    IdyllwildAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would cull them. Then only get day olds from a hatchery or hatch from your flock.

    Good luck

    Gary
     

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