respiratory illness need advice!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by suprjcchic, Oct 26, 2016.

  1. suprjcchic

    suprjcchic New Egg

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    okay, so i have a new flock of 16: 5 week old babies and about 1 week ago i noticed one of them had a droopy eye. It took me 2 days and research to figure out it was a respiratory issue and needed to isolate her. I started her and the rest of the flock on Tylan 50. after all was said and done 3 birds had visible symptoms and I isolated 4 in total (the 4th is just off in general, she has a crooked beak, nervous system issues and acts a little wacky). Anyway, I'm not sure what to do now. I am not going to cull my entire flock and start over, so thats not an option. So do i cull the ones that had visible illness? will my flock still have to be a closed flock? do i just re introduce them once I know they are 100% better? is there a set time period for that?
    and if it makes any difference here are their symptoms: droopy eye with bubbles, some slight swelling under the eye, and a reaching gag. No one lost appetite or lost weight or was lethargic. no chicks died.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

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    Here is the best course of action if you are willing to cull any. Send the sickest bird to your state poultry lab for humane euthanasia and a complete necropsy. It is free in some states and well worth the cost if not.
    Do not administer any more medications since you don't know what you are treating for. Giving antibiotics or any other meds can skew the accuracy of a necropsy.
    No one on here can accurately diagnose your chickens from afar. You need lab work.
    If you tell me what state you're in I'll give you contact info for your lab/s.

    ETA
    I wanted to add that ventilation, unrestricted fresh air, is more important than food and water.
     
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  3. suprjcchic

    suprjcchic New Egg

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    I live in Florida, they all have very ventilated and clean living conditions as its hot here. I stopped their meds a few days ago. The sickest one is showing eye symptoms again today. I was planning to cull all the ones that were sick this evening. I know that knowing what it is will help me know what to do from here. I guess I am just hoping that by removing the ones that had gotten ill that it will save the rest of my flock from being compromised. My heart is already completely broken that I have to cull any of them. So, my question wasn't really what do they have, just what should I do. Thank you in advance for getting me info on the lab!
     
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    Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
    Florida Department of Ag and Consumer Services
    2700 N. John Young Parkway
    Kissimmee, Florida 34741-1266
    Phone: 321-697-1400
    IAV-A, CSF, CWD*, ND,
     

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