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sick birds please help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jarodw45, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. jarodw45

    jarodw45 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a sickness in my flock... I first noticed it in one of my red golden peasants both eyes (area around) was very swollen and puffy actually eye lids matted shut. I culled the bird one red boiler had one eye swollen and I culled him. Some of the other birds were I guess you would say gaping? Kinda like gasping for air and seemed somewhat lethargic. I started administering antibiotics via water and two wet mash feeding a day. The next day the other red golden had a swollen eye so I culled him... I am guessing coryza? I am considering complete depopulization. My question is I also house pigeons with the chickens and peasants and none of them have had any symptoms with that said should I cull them also? This is seriously upsetting me as I have had birds for years and have never had any get sick... I cannot risk this moving into my closed aviary with my macaws and cockatoos please advise! Most of the chickens exhibit no symptoms either so I just don't know what to do... I have some bcm chicks in a separate area and have some more in the bator and I don't want them to get sick so experts help me!
     
  2. pnp4kidz

    pnp4kidz Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm not an expert but I'd probably treat before culling for eye infections.
     
  3. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    I would suggest a necropsy on one of the birds before considering such drastic measures.
     
  4. jarodw45

    jarodw45 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    pips&peeps :

    I would suggest a necropsy on one of the birds before considering such drastic measures.

    I know it seems drastic but I just don't want this to spread... how would I go about a necropsy?​
     
  5. jarodw45

    jarodw45 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I am currently treating and birds seem to be responding well however if they were exposed and it is infact coryza then the others will be carriers of the disease.... I guess I need to send off a sample and see what exactly is causing this... also as stated in my prior post this is no ordinary "eye infection" it has a rank smell and is accompanied by labored breathing
     
  6. smith2

    smith2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would call my local extension service or UT ag campus and ask where the necropsies are done. It may be fairly close to you and they do them for a small fee here in TN. You could also ask the state poultry specialists to come out and look. Our state vets are very good about coming out and looking at this kind of stuff without panicking and freaking out. I guess I tend to go with free before I put money into stuff. I definitely would not cull until I knew what was going on. Some diseases are confined to only certain breeds and certain birds so the others may not ever get it. Good luck. It is very stressful to me also when my birds get sick as it rarely happens.
     

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