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Respiratory Illness

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Suskm, Nov 19, 2014.

  1. Suskm

    Suskm Out Of The Brooder

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    I just had a outbreak of a pretty awful respiratory infection in my six month old black and blue Copper Marans pullets. I started them out on Duramycin 10 but it wasn't touching the bug. I ended up treating them with injections of Tylan 50 for three days. They began to show almost immediate improvement after the first shot by the next morning. My dilemma is I can't find anywhere how long these things run their course and if they come down with this junk again do I retreat with Tylan 50 again? I don't want to over do it.
     
  2. Suskm

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    I have one pullet who's eye is still swollen and not responding like the others have.

    Also how long after treatment can I put them back with their pen mates? This is a closed flock and would not be in contact with other flocks.

    Someone please give me some help here. No one responded to my original post! [​IMG]
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Sometimes it is hard to tell what disease you are dealing with without testing, which you can get through a vet or local dept. of agriculture. The state vet office could probably tell where to get it done. Mycoplasma (MG) and coryza are the ones that usually cause eye swelling, but other respiratory diseases can complicate the primary disease. Coryza symptoms can last for months, may have a bad odor, and chickens will never be free of the disease. All respiratory diseases make the flock carriers, so no matter how long you isolate, they can still be infectious. If it is MG you are dealing with, the Tylan should have helped the symptoms, but perhaps a sulfa drug such as Sulfadimethoxine or Sulmet should be used on the one not improving. in case of coryza or E.coli. Is the eye full of pus? That has to be removed and cleaned out. Antibiotic ointment such as Terramycin or plain neosporin may help. Here is a good link on the common respiratory diseases and links on testing centers and for your state vet:
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
    http://www.usaha.org/Portals/6/StateAnimalHealthOfficials.pdf
    http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/nahln/downloads/all_nahln_lab_list.pdf
     
  4. Suskm

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    Well I am pretty sure it's Mycoplasma gallisepticum as there is not twisting of the neck and things like that. The one does appear to have puss in or behind her eye. How in the heck do I remove something like that from a chicken's eye? Are you saying that applying the antibiotic ointment directly in or on her eye will accomplish that? Sadly there are no avian vets around here in the middle Ga and there is no regular vet who will touch the chickens for any reason. It's pretty darn frustrating!

    One more question about Tylan if you possibly can answer. Can I use the Tylan 50 for more than three days?

    Wow! The prospect of having birds tested and then possibly euthanized is not something I'm enjoying thinking about! Just saying.... I'm afraid I will quit with my chickens altogether .[​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG]

    Thanks for your help Eggcessive. I appreciate your help and the information links.
     
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  5. Suskm

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    Crud! I saw that you answered my query about Tylan and the sulfa drugs.....where do I get the sulfa drugs?
     
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  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    You can use Tylan for 5 days. I would get one tested just to know what it is, since MG and coryza can look similar. Most feed stores carry Sulmet, but get Sulfadimethoxine or Di-Methox if you can. Most people say you have to clean or pick out the pus with a Q-tip, and using saline to flush out the eye before applying an antibiotic ointment twice a day would be good. The dosage of sulfadimethoxine is on the label in the picture below. The Sulmet dosage is in the link below, and there are a couple of links about coryza.
    http://www.drugs.com/vet/sulmet-drinking-water-solution-12-5.html
    http://www.drugs.com/vet/sulfadimethoxine-concentrated-solution-12-5.html
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/82/infectious-coryza
    http://www.extension.org/pages/68127/infectious-coryza-in-poultry#.VG-hNovF9NI

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  7. Suskm

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    Poor little thing doesn't seem to have been drinking or eating. I think she is not thriving at all. This will be day five for the Tylan. I am now resigned [​IMG] to calling the state vet to see what his assessment is and what they can or will do about my flock.
     
  8. Eggcessive

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    Sorry about you hen. You can try giving her some fluids with a dropper very carefully, but I prefer to try offering a small cup up to the beak for them to drink (or dip their beaks.) Here is a good thread with links and videos about crop or tube feeding to get more liquids and food into her: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/805728/go-team-tube-feeding
     

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