Sick chicken, how long to use Tylan and how long to separate?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by melaniearej, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. melaniearej

    melaniearej Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, hoping I could get some advice. I have a young hen that has a respiratory issue of some sort.
    Treated with oxytetracycline for 4 days and no improvement. She's been on the injectable Tylan, but given by mouth for 6 days. She's improving but has a long way to go
    How much longer should I use the Tylan? How long after her symptoms are gone until I can add her back in with the flock?
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Tylan is supposed to be used for only 3-5 days, as it (from what I've heard) can damage the liver. Plus, it tends to work quickly, as it is a strong antibiotic. Of course, Tylan given orally doesn't work quite as rapidly as it does when injected.

    At this point, I would weigh the prospect of your hen needing more days on Tylan to recover fully with the chance of continued Tylan hurting her liver or other organs. If it were me, I would probably give her the Tylan for a few more days and see what happens.

    As for how long after her symptoms are gone to wait to re-introduce her into the flock, I would wait at least a week after the last sign of illness. Even after they recover, birds can still be shedding disease particles. Waiting a little while should not only reduce the possibility of her infecting other birds in the flock, but it will also give her time to regain strength before the stress of re-introduction.

    Good luck with your hen! I, too, am treating a sick bird with oral Tylan right now. It seems to be helping, though she isn't out of the woods yet.
     
  3. melaniearej

    melaniearej Out Of The Brooder

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    Those were my thoughts too about giving the Tylan a bit longer. She's made huge improvements but still coughing from time to time and still sounds a little congested. She's eating and drinking really good now and even trying to fly when she's out with me on the porch. I think she was sick for awhile before I noticed because I have never had a sick chicken. I think she may have pneumonia due to me not treating her quickly. Lesson learned!
    I did not know about the damage it could cause to their organs but I figured long use of the tylan was probably bad.
    Thank you for you input, I am going to keep her on the tylan a little longer.
    Good luck with your hen too!
     
  4. mona l

    mona l New Egg

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    Question. Turkey with nose swelling. Some say. Tylan. Injection. Then oral. Duramcyin. Oral. In water. Other say don't mix. I am confused
     
  5. melaniearej

    melaniearej Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't know about mixing the two. I did originally have my hen on oxycycline but switch to tylan and was worried about the oxy still in her system but felt like I would take the chance because of how sick she was.
    Does you turkey have damage to its nose? I have heard to do a sinus flush but have never done it.
     

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