Should I be concerned?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by redrooster99, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. redrooster99

    redrooster99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a maran rooster show up sneezing. He does appear to have feathers and dirt in his nose. He has shown the sneezing symptoms for about 2 weeks now, he has no other symptoms. I also had a old english game bantam rooster get sick when he was younger with what I think was respiratory, gave him some meds and now he has been better for months, no more sickness. The maran roo was new. The rest of the flock has not shown illness should I be concerned for them? They have been with the bantam for months and the maran two weeks.
     
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    Most common respiratory diseases in chickens such as MG, infectious bronchitis, and others, cause the flock and survivors to become carriers, which will spread to newcomers, even though chickens are no longer symptomatic. New chickens should be quarantined for at least a month, just to see if they are bringing any diseases with them. Tylan 50 injectable given by shot or orally is a good treatment for a single bird, and oxytetracycline, Duramycin, or Tylan Soluble Powder are good for treating chickens in the water. Read these links about respiratory diseases for more info:
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps034
     
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    redrooster99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the links but since he is a new chicken wouldn't the others show it.
     
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    He may have picked up a disease from your chickens. Each respiratory disease has a certain incubation time, from a couple of days to weeks. I would probably isolate him. Many people cull sick chickens, but since you had a disease in the past with your OEG, it's hard to know whether the new guy brought something in or got something from yours. Testing can be done to find out what he has if you check this link: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/nahln/downloads/all_nahln_lab_list.pdf
     
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    redrooster99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks he was sneezing when I got him.
     
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    Oh sorry, I just re-read your first post. It could be too late to keep it out of your flock if he has exposed the others. You may have to treat him and any others.
     
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    redrooster99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If i was to get another flock how could I keep them from getting it.
     
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    redrooster99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But if they are carriers and don't show can I still breed them and sell the babies because I have the OEGB flock that I would like to keep.
     
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    Mycoplasma (MG and MS) along with a few other diseases, can pass through to the chicks in hatching eggs. Avian leukosis and avian encephalomyelitis are some other non-respiratory diseases that pass through hatching eggs. Getting a chicken tested for MG/MS involves a nasal swab. Since the OEG rooster had an illness, I would worry about it being MG. Along with the second link in post #2, here are a couple more about MG:
    http://umaine.edu/livestock/poultry/mycoplasma-gallisepticum-faq/
    http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/pou...lasma_gallisepticum_infection_in_poultry.html
     
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    Would it be wrong to sell the birds.
     

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