Respiratory symptoms for nearly a month - how can I make it go away?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cottonwallaby, Oct 30, 2015.

  1. cottonwallaby

    cottonwallaby Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 30, 2015
    Hi all

    I have two beautiful pullets I brought home 4 weeks ago. Within 2 days, there was clear discharge from the nares. By the end of the first week, I was sure I was going to lose the coronation sussex. She was making gurgling noises, discharge from nares and lying down with her eyes closed. The RIR had the discharge and sneezing but was otherwise ok. I went back to the breeder, who gave me tetracycline antibiotics (a teaspoon per 4 litres of water), which helped the sussex amazingly the first day - she was back up and about. They were on the antibiotics two weeks until it ran out. They have been off it nearly a week and the symptoms have returned. They are both bright eyed and active and eating, but the sussex has the gurgling noise when she breathes and the RIR has the sniffles and sneezes.

    They have been wormed with a wormer that kills gapeworm four weeks ago and are vaccinated against Mareks Disease, Fowl Pox, Coryza & Mycoplasma.

    They are gorgeous girls and I would hate to see anything happen to them. They don't seem terribly ill and are out happily free ranging, but I am worried it has been so long and I can't get on top of this. Any help would be very much appreciated!!

  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    They obviously have brought the chronic respiratory disease from the breeder's. You can get them tested to tell if it is mycoplasma (MG) or another respiratory disease such as coryza. Do you have other chickens or other birds who are healthy? I would be afraid to keep them if I had others, since they can be lifelong carriers until they are gone. If you don't have others, then you could treat them whenever they get sick with Denagard, which can also be used at a lesser dose once a month to help prevent infections.
  3. youtubeminer

    youtubeminer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2015
  4. cottonwallaby

    cottonwallaby Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 30, 2015
    Thanks for the reply. Yes, I have three others who are fine, no troubles at all. I'm planning to keep the flock closed for the foreseeable future in any case.

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