Sick chickens/turkeys - respiratory??? HELP

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LoveMyChicklets, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. LoveMyChicklets

    LoveMyChicklets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was hoping never ever to be in this situation. I've had chickens for years and have been blessed with a healthy flock. But now my babies are sick. I have a flock of about 50 chickens/turkeys and half of them are sick. I discovered this on Saturday night:

    Nasal discharge
    Sneezing and noise that sounds like coughing???
    Watery, swollen shut eyes

    They appear to be eating and drinking though - which is good but they look and sound so sick.

    I ran out to TSC and bought what they had in stock - Duramycin - and started treating first thing Sunday. As of last night they don't appear to be any better. I've been doing a lot of reading online and see mixed results with Tylan.... It's so expensive I'm not sure if I should order it and have it not work or if Duramycin will treat them.

    If anybody can help or offer suggestions, PLEAAAAAASE!
     
  2. Hillbilly Rooster

    Hillbilly Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am sorry about your babies. Are your turkeys and chickens seperated? How old?

    I have heard that your suppose to keep the turkeys and chickens seperated until they get bigger but that is only what I have heard sorry.
     
  3. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    Turkeys are notorious for carrying MG. They should be kept seperate from chickens and strict bio security measures used.

    There are a couple of states like Michigan that are MG free for turkeys. I recommend anyone getting them to purchase from those states.

    You can search MG on the forum and find out all about it.
     
  4. LoveMyChicklets

    LoveMyChicklets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure what MG is?
     
  5. LoveMyChicklets

    LoveMyChicklets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The turkeys were separated until they were old enough to be outside on their own - fully feathered, etc.

    They are 5-6 months old now. The Dixie Rainbows are the youngest chickens and they are ones that show the worst sign of being sick.
     
  6. Hillbilly Rooster

    Hillbilly Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oopsy Daisy had posted on the michigan thread go check it out if you haven't already.
     
  7. Crunchie

    Crunchie Brook Valley Farm

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    MG is one of the mycoplasma (mycoplasma gallisepti-something?? sp?) ickies. Once your flock is infected, they are always carriers--and can shed it to other birds at any time. It's like a virus, so it doesn't respond to antibiotics. I would suggest googling it (it's not pretty).

    Sorry you're dealing with sick birds. [​IMG] Good luck.
     
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  8. LoveMyChicklets

    LoveMyChicklets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh God. Thank you, I will look.

    I had scheduled the processing of the meat birds and turkeys for just before Thanksgiving. Now, even if they get better, I don't know that I will want to process.

    Thanks.
     
  9. LoveMyChicklets

    LoveMyChicklets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Their symptoms are so similiar, Infectious Corza and MG. It seems the only real way to know is to have a necropsy done. If anyone has treated for Corza or MG will you please let me know your findings... or if you had to cull your entire flock [​IMG]
     

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