severe sinusitis or ???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Froggy58, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. Froggy58

    Froggy58 New Egg

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    One side of my rooster's face has been swollen for the past 2 weeks. His eye and nostril ooze - I used to have to clean out the dried mucous from his mouth twice a day but that's improved somewhat. About a month ago is eye was kind of mattery so I put antibiotic salve in his eye and it seemed to go away. Then 2 weeks ago I noticed the severe swelling. I have him in the house now and have tried everything I can think of: herbs, garlic, herbal tea, warm compresses, eye ointment, colloidal silver, eye wash, terramycin, plus he's had 2 Baytril shots. Nothing has provided significant change. He eats fine but doesn't have a lot of energy. Anyone had this experience? My vet is baffled.

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  2. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OH that's BAD! There are several different diseases that cause facial swelling in chickens. Is he around other birds? I hope you have him quarantined. If it were me, I would cull him. I know that's harsh, but he's really sick, and he could infect your other birds, or you might infect them.
     
  3. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    Looks like coryza.
     
  4. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep-- that's it. I just couldn't remember what it's called. Look up "infectious coryza".
     
  5. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sorry about your Roo. [​IMG]

    Also wanted to say welcome to BYC, even under difficult circumstances.
     
  6. Froggy58

    Froggy58 New Egg

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    He lived with several hens, none of whom show any signs of illness - though I lost several of their offspring and didn't know why. I get from reading about coryza that it would be better to cull him since he could be a carrier even if his symptoms go away? [​IMG]
    I have many, many other chickens but he and his girls were in their own condo. I shouldn't have to get rid of all of them, should I??? Thanks!
     
  7. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    NO, don't get rid of all of them. Just watch over them for disease. Some of them might manage to make it okay. But you have to be aware that you have a contagious disease in your flock, and you can't in good conscience give anyone any of your birds. And you can't show them. And you need to keep other chicken owners out of your coop, so they don't take germs home. Do not under any circumstances mix his girls with your other hens.

    I had a few get the snorts and coughs and swelled up faces last winter, and I culled a couple of the worst ones, and the others are still with me. I think mine was a case of mycoplasmosis (chicken cold). Some are kinda snorty again this winter, but not too bad.
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    That's really bad. If it smells bad, especially, it's Coryza, I believe. Me? I'd cull him and not take a chance. I know this is difficult, though, I really do.
     
  9. Froggy58

    Froggy58 New Egg

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    Well, darn, that's bad news because I bought a couple expensive pairs of silkies to breed for show - and had shown a couple of roo's girls in October. Wonder if they picked up something at the show? So this is a forever thing? I probably have 60 chickens, a peahen, and 32 guineas, all of whom free range except the hamburg hens.
     
  10. Froggy58

    Froggy58 New Egg

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    okay - does anyone know about obtaining vaccine for coryza for the rest of the flock? I talked with my vet and he said it usually only comes for 25,000 vaccinations - not for the backyard poultry keeper. Thanks again.
     

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