respiratory disease, denagard not working??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mylovelyhens, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. mylovelyhens

    mylovelyhens Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey there, I have 10 chickens. A few days after getting them a couple started coughing & sneezing. Went to vets & got denagard, for the whole flock. They are on their last day of the 7 day course. The 2 sick ones have only shown the slightest of improvements & now 2 more have started coughing & sneezing :-( I still have a couple more doses of denagard in the bottle, should I give til it's all gone? Or should I take one of the new sick ones to the vet? Any advice would be greatly appreciated x
     
  2. tomhoogstra

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    Seems viral, separate the two of them from the flock to prevent the rest getting sick.
    If they become lethargic and stop eating/drinking, make them eat / drink.

    Best of luck
     
  3. mylovelyhens

    mylovelyhens Out Of The Brooder

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    None of them have stopped eating & drinking, thankfully, but I don't see how 2 more got sick whilst already being treated with the antibiotics? :-(
     
  4. tomhoogstra

    tomhoogstra Out Of The Brooder

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    Chickens are strange, can't help you with that one.
     
  5. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If a vet is an option,definitely take one of your chickens to vet and find out exactly what you are dealing with.
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    If the disease is viral, antibiotics won't work. Respiratory diseases can be both viral and bacterial. So, Denagard won't cure a viral disease. All you can do is give supportive treatment, like warmth, good food, electrolytes, and probiotics.
     
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  7. mylovelyhens

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    Fantastic, thankyou, I shall be buying some of them first thing in the morning :) fingers crossed I see some improvements
     
  8. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Do they have other more serious signs such as swelling of the face and eyes, purulent drainage (pus) from the eyes? If not, I would think it is a virus, and the denagard will only help prevent secondary bacterial infections, such as pneumonia and sinus infection.
     
  9. mylovelyhens

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    The only other symptom from the poorliest girl was bubbles in one eye. But it only happened one day & as soon as I looked up what that meant I took her to the vets the next day. Oh and the 2 had runny noses, which have cleared up now. One of the girls has no symptoms anymore, so I can't see why the other one is still sick :mad: She was definitely drinking the water, maybe not enough??? Also, any idea how long I have to wait after stopping the antibiotics before giving probiotics? Thanks so much for everyone's help, I just want my hens to be better :-( x
     
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