In the Brooder
- Nov 28, 2012
On April 1st, I made the 4 hour trip up to buy some Black Copper Maran chicks, about 8 weeks old. Because it was 4 hours back home, it was late and while we were unloading, I heard one of them with raspy breathing. They were in a room where the temp was 60 degrees. The birds were transported in the back of a Chevy Equinox, so they weren't exposed to wind or cold. I emailed the gal I bought them from and told her I had one that was really rattling when she took a breath and wondered if she was having the same problem and what she would suggest I do for it. I also called the Durvet company to see what the dosage is for Tetracycline and started them on it. 1 Tablespoon per gallon of water. By the next day I had another sick one. Now it has progressed to raspy breathing, eyes stuck shut and discharge from nostrils. The gal I bought them from told me she went out to check the 2 she had left that was in the same pen and she heard a sneeze when she walked in so she got the dosage from me for the Tetracycline and started her birds on it. I ran the Tetracycline for 7 days on the whole flock. I also started using VetRx on the sickest of them, putting a couple of drops on each birds nostrils. The VetRx seemed to do a lot of good, after a couple of days their breathing cleared up. We have been battling this since we got them and it appears to be going through the flock, even though I ran Tetracycline for 7 days on all of them. I lost one bird yesterday and have 2 more that were just brought in tonight, both birds eyes are stuck shut. A girl friend of mine bought half of the flock of these birds and she has not only lost 3 of the black copper marans, but she has also lost 3 of her other chickens. I have NO experience with sick chickens, mine have always been pretty healthy. Is there something else I should be doing for them? I have the 2 with the eyes stuck shut in the house. I got their eyes so they would open and put an antibiotic ointment in them, I have started them on Tetracycline again and put a vaporizer in with them. I covered the top of the pen as the light seems to bother their eyes. Is there another antibiotic I can use that would be more effective? Is it normal for this to be affecting the birds for this long? I do have this flock quarantined from my other birds. Here are a couple of pictures I just took of them. The hen isn't eating or drinking, she just lays there with her eyes closed. Please, any advice would be appreciated. I don't want to lose anymore birds.