sick chickens and it appears to be spreading through my flock!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by clintelmore, Sep 29, 2016.

  1. clintelmore

    clintelmore New Egg

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    Hello I'm new to site and hope this is ok to post but I have one possibly two sick Roos and now a hen presenting the same symptoms runny poo , mouth open and making a gurgling sound and sometimes a sound that resembles a hiccup need help quick began treating for cocci today but not sure if this is what they have but it's contagious whatever it is HELP!
     
  2. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Hello and welcome. First please segregate the sick birds from the flock if you haven't already. You can put the sick ones in together in a pen but separate from the healthy ones. Disinfect the waters and feeders of the healthy flock, and if you can get Oxine, that is the best disinfectant, but at least disinfect as much as you can with bleach. They need an antibiotic, Baytril would be best. You can get it on line, or through a vet, if you have a vet that will treat chickens, take just one bird to the vet if you can, and get a diagnosis. I seriously doubt it is cocci with extreme symptoms like that. How old are they and where did you get them, and how long have you had them? Have you introduced any new birds into the flock recently.? If you have new birds, contact the previous owner for information about what could be wrong. If one of your birds dies, you can get a necropsy done, some states will do one for free or at a low cost, but it has to be done within twenty four hours of death and preferably the dead bird should be refrigerated. Do they have watery or swollen eyes, do they have an unusual odor from the breath? Are they eating ok? Have they ever been dewormed? Make sure they are eating, you can give them bread moistened with buttermilk, or scrambled eggs, banana, chopped grapes, applesauce mixed wtih crumbles, oatmeal, whatever they like. If nothing else, you can get Oxytet at the feed store, or even Duramycin, and mix two teaspoons in a gallon of water, and give them that. Injectable Tylan can be injected or given orally, ask the store for guidance with this, or there is information if you search on here about the proper dose for Tylan. Veterinary care is always best, if you can. This is an emergency, when birds are showing extreme sick symptoms like you describe, they are already very ill. They hide symptoms as long as they can. Please keep us posted, and continue to describe symptoms the best you can.
     
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  3. clintelmore

    clintelmore New Egg

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    birds are approximately 9 months old . and yes just my luck i introduced 4 new members to the flock Wednesday was a week ago they currently show no symptoms are eating fine and acting normal. i have indeed segregated the first roo from the rest of the flock his stool seemed to have changed back closer to normal today before i left for work but the other hen and roo that appear to have symptoms just started around lunch today..i plan on removing them tomorrow.just ran out of time before i left to do this. i began treating them today with the liquid Corid.after describing symptoms to the local coop guy who incidentally owns and runs commercial chicken houses this was what he recommended that i use. will this do me any good i see symptoms such as swollen eyes unkept appearance bloody stool all associated with the coccid my birds don't exhibit any of these.My wife and i went into panic mode i guess with the onset of this .we have a lot of time,money and of course are very attached to them and don't want to lose our entire flock to this whatever it is.
    thanks for your feed back!
     
  4. clintelmore

    clintelmore New Egg

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    new update one of my hens who has shown no symptoms at all this morning has one eye swollen shut no cough or any other symptom as of yet i'm totally over my head at this point do i have more than one thing going on here or just different stages of the same thing?please help anybody that has seen this before i'm awaiting a call from local vet office to see if they work on chickens or not i'm at a loss here
    thanks
    clint
     
  5. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They probably have multiple problems and it is possible that they have cocci, (it could also be worms) but cocci is the least of your problems, really. You need antibiotic to treat the respiratory symptoms. If they are still all alive that is good but seriously you need antibiotic. Have you gone to the feed store to see if they have the Oxytet or Tylan or Duramycin?? Any of those shouldl work. You can mix the Oxytet or Duramycin 2 tsp per gallon in their drinking water..just treat the whole flock, starting now! Yes, the swollen eyes are from the respiratory problems. You can treat the swollen eyes by gently washing with warm saline eye wash (made for people)...and then smearing a little triple antibiotic ointment around the eye (not the kind that has pain killer in it). Do that for a few dayas and that will help reduce the swelling of the eyes. After they have started to improve from the respiratory symptoms, treat them for the Cocci for about five days, then give them a rest for a few days, and then deworm them with a good broad spectrum dewormer like Levamisole. Do this for the whole flock even the healthy ones! If you can't get the Levamisole, you can use Strike 3, a pelleted dewormer sold in feed stores. Here's a resource for meds, vitamins, advice: www.firststatevetsupply.com. There are many others. Once you get them healthy, they will be fine, but it sounds like you got them from a bad environment. Also, always, always, always....quarantine new birds before adding to your existing stock. Even if they look healthy. Three to four weeks quarantine. Not only does it ensure that your new birds are healthy, it also gives them a chance to relax, de-stress, and get used to their new home, before you put them out to meet new birds who may or may not be friendly to them at first.

    I don't know if you can use Corid and antibiotic at the same time. I personally wouldn't. But someone else might jump in here about that. Also, make sure they are eating well. You'll be fine, I hope you don't lose any, of course, but now you will know more than you did before,, and that makes for a healthy flock going forward. You should deworm the flock twice a year at least, and after that there's a withdrawal period where you can't eat the eggs, of about three weeks. Same with using antibiotics.
     
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  6. clintelmore

    clintelmore New Egg

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    just a quick update all chicks are doing good my rooster is almost back to himself. the batril did the job got to finish up the antibiotics and let them rest for a week then a good worming and all should be back to normal! thanks for all the helpful advice you guys gave me hopefully my experience here will help someone else down the road.
    thanks again and cluck cluck!:)
     
  7. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    That's great news! Good job !
     

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