Respiratory infection

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by missycola, May 22, 2019.

  1. missycola

    missycola Chirping

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    Hello, is having a hard time keeping my chickens healthy. They seem to be getting what looks like a respiratory infection, lungs raspy, snotty sounding. Also a bit of diarrhea. I have treated them with corid and tylan 50 to the point that I think it may be hurting their health.I also give vitamins and probiotics. Is there anything else I can try or any suggestions? Thank you
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

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    How old are your chickens?
    How many times have you treated them with Corid and Tylan50?

    What dosage of Tylan 50 are you using?

    Corid is not an antibiotic, it's a Coccidiostat. Do your chickens have a Coccidiosis overload as well?

    There are several respiratory diseases the chickens can have. Some are viruses which do not respond to antibiotic treatment, while others are bacterial and antibiotics will treat the symptoms but not cure the disease. Most respiratory diseases make birds carriers, they can pass the illness to other birds and also have relapses themselves. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044

    Getting testing to find out what you are dealing with it the best way to find out if there is some type of effective treatment that you can use to control symptoms. Your vet, state lab or independent testing facility should be able to test swabs and give you that information.

    There are also environmental factors that can affect the respiratory system - poor ventilation, ammonia and mold are a few.

    List of state labs https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/nahln/downloads/all_nahln_lab_list.pdf

    Independent testing http://www.zoologix.com/
     
  3. missycola

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  4. missycola

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    I got results back from testing my chickens, it's not good. Microplasma Gallisepticum, microplasma synovIae, ecoli, and 4 other bacterias.
    I assume it's either cull of treat over and over? The tylan 50 only works for a while. I give .25 to my bantams and .50 to my regular sized chickens. 18 in all work two more that I'm keeping isolated hoping they don't get exposed.
    Any advice?
    Thanks
     
  5. Wyorp Rock

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    I'm so sorry :hugs
    Who did your testing, the state lab or your vet?
    If it's from the state lab can you take your report to your vet and ask about treatment options?
     
  6. missycola

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    Thank you.The state did the testing, my vet doesn't see many chickens. I was wondering if there is a better antibiotic or a combo I could try? If putting them in a different area would help? Sterilizing the coop and dirt etc?
     
  7. Eggcessive

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    Baytril or enrofloxacin, which is banned in chickens would be the antibiotic I would choose. It treats a wide variety of bacteria, and many vets still prescribe it for complex bacterial infections. Dosage is 0.05 ml per pound of weight of the 10% Baytril—that equals 0.25 ml or 1/4 ml for a 5 pound hen. Give it orally twice a day for 5 days. Here is where to buy the 10% in a 100 ml liquid:
    https://www.jedds.com/shop/misc/
    I ordered this recently just to have on hand, and it was there in 2 days, and cost $23 plus the $8 shipping.
     
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    How many chickens do you have? How many are sick?
     
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  9. missycola

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    I have 18 that are together and show symptoms I have two others that are isolated and I'm trying to keep from getting sick. I'm considering getting the vaccinations for mg and Ms, maybe new Castle? They don't have new Castle but... They are all sick to an extent, some worse than others, I have given them so tylan 50 many times ( 5-7 days at a time) but it comes back in a month or two. Sometimes when it gets cold outside ( change of season) they have raspy breathing, snotty sounding beaks losing weight etc.
    So your think just one of those antibiotics then? I didn't know if two different ones would do any good or if that would hurt them, I was going to research it. Lol. What about their environment? I assume it lives in the soil etc
     
  10. jlwquilter

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    I just went thru the whole Tylan treatment with my flock for CRD. Things seem much better overall. Still watching Crystal who had/has it the worst.

    My question is: how does Tylan differ from Baytril? Do they treat different illnesses?
     

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