Sick chickens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Pixiedust13, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. Pixiedust13

    Pixiedust13 Just Hatched

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    Help ?
    I have 2 sick meat chickens sounds like respitary bad u can hear them breath from 10 feet away . My husband left those two out by accident and it rained must of gotten wet . Not sure if that's why there sick or something else , there very lathergic and have a fever . I gave them tetracycline in there water not sure if that will help now. Any one exsperianced this before this before ? And now every one in the coop are also on medicated water . [​IMG]
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Respiratory symptoms can be caused by fungus, viruses, or bacteria. Only bacterial infections can respond to antibiotics, and they need to be specific for the organism. I would not needlessly treat the birds who haven't shown symptoms yet. Since antibiotics remain in their bodies for a few weeks, you cannot use their meat for a t least 3 weeks. Personally, unless these are very young and far from slaughter age, I would skip the antibiotics, and separate the two sick ones. They may perk up getting warm and dry. Keep good air circulation and a fan in the coop to limit high daytime temperatures.
     
  3. Pixiedust13

    Pixiedust13 Just Hatched

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    Thank you for the feedback , I did separate them , I noticed that they had the runs , so I
    Cleaned the coop to see if any one else has it too this morning . .[​IMG]
     

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