Sick chicks 8 weeks old

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by andisgarden, May 19, 2009.

  1. andisgarden

    andisgarden Songster

    Mar 14, 2009
    Hello, I have read so many of your posts regarding chicken health and I am a bit freaked out. Of course, I didn't read until I had already got the chicks otherwise I would have never received started chicks because this has been a terrible thing so far...

    anyway, I received these chicks last Thurs and immediately my husband said NO quarantine it is stupid and they are just chicks throw them in with our chicks. I didn't want to do this but he said it was too cold to put them in pens alone so I did it. I watched them for a long time and noticed that one of the chicks was really sleepy and when I picked her up she had a runny nose and watery eyes. I immediately took them out of my coop and noticed she was coughing. I swept all bedding out of my coop and bleached all of the feeders, waterers and roosts. My flock is not showing signs of runny nose or cough but, i am still freaked out.
    Fast forward, Sunday I noticed 3 of those chicks are now coughing and the biggest pullet has a yellowish discharge out of her nose and is breathing with her mouth open. One of the chicks is also passing blood in their stool.

    How should I proceed? I have added ACV to the water of all my birds I am bleaching my shoes when I go around these birds and I do not get near my birds until I am sure I am clean.

  2. fuzz

    fuzz Songster

    Aug 4, 2007
    I have no experience with this but I can say I got my chicks last thursday too [​IMG]

    I am in no position to give advice as I would probally harm them even more.

    I hope everything goes well and you get the help you need from a much more educated member![​IMG]
  3. andisgarden

    andisgarden Songster

    Mar 14, 2009
    I have 12 chicks in my coop and they are really healthy and I hate to think I might have exposed them to something. I have put so much time and money into getting this flock started.
  4. andisgarden

    andisgarden Songster

    Mar 14, 2009
    To cull or not to cull that is the question?
  5. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Songster

    Apr 11, 2009
    you have two issues here
    (1 runny nose and watery eyes, yellow discharge coughing= respiratory disease
    (2 bloody manure is coccidiosis

    here is some thing to do for them

    (1 runny nose, coughing, yellow discharge out of nose, do this:

    Use the vetrx on ALL SICK CHICKS
    put it on the head and under the wings
    and 1/2 tsp down the throat a couple times a day for a week
    2 tsp per gallon of water
    for ALL OF THEMas if it drank from the same watetrer then I would give it in the water for all of them

    (2 Blood in manure
    so do this and the vetrx also
    the sulmet is good for respiratory diseases
    so get going on both treatments asap

    If the one chicken has the coccidiosis and ruffled feathers and sluggish
    then feed it to all the chickens

    ****you need to get going on the coccidiosis medication
    the sulmet is okay you need to use it in the water as well as in the

    ***medicated wet mash
    1 qt dry crumbles
    2 qts water
    in the water put 1 tsp of sulmet

    ***feed each bird 3 tsp of this medicated wet mash
    to get them going on the medication

    and use the sulmet in the water *****( I would add 1/2 pkg of red jello to the gallon of sulmet water to give flavor as sulmet is so strong they some times won't drink enough of the straight medicated water. The jello is appitising to them)

    **** also
    feed this two mornings at rate of 3 tsp per bird
    see that they eat this medicated wet mash in 20-30 minutes
    then clean the wet feeders and restock dry crumbles
    It gets them going on the sulmet sooner than just letting them decide to drink the medicted water

    trust me this does work have used it many times on all kinds of fowl sick with coccidiosis

    to get the birds going I would do this
    ***feed the medicated wet mash now
    ***then feed the wet mash probiotic this evening

    wet mash probiotic
    1 qt of dry crumbles
    1-1/2 qts of milk any kind
    1/4 cup of yoguart
    mix good and feed 3 tbsp per chicken so that they eat it in 20-30 minutes

    also in the water put 2 tbsp of ACV to a gallon of water
    you can email me PM for help
    keep us posted to let us kno what happens on this
  6. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Songster

    Apr 11, 2009
    I forgot to tell you that if you can't find Vetrx you can get it from
    Smith Poultry & Game Bird Supply

    14000 W. 215th St., Bucyrus, KS 66013-9519

    Ph. 913-879-2587 - 7:30 A. M. - 3 P. M CST Monday-Friday

    24-hour Fax. 913-533-2497
  7. andisgarden

    andisgarden Songster

    Mar 14, 2009
    Glenda thank you for the info. How do I know what kind of respiratory cold this is? Also, what if it affects my whole flock. I have scrubbed and gotten rid of all things these chicks touched and the exposure was minimal. I have been using VetRx for 4 days w/no real improvement. I have also used ACV and garlic in their water for 3 days I am not noticing any improvement so far. I don't think the guy I got them from used medicated food, I could be wrong on that though.

    I have read some of your old posts and that is how I knew what to do so far. I appreciate your time.


    I want a clean flock and I hate that this is happening but, I cannot afford all my chickens getting this right now.

  8. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    have you started the cocci treatment?
    Sulmet, Sulfadimethoxine can treat some respiratory illnesses along with cocci.
    otherwise, if you treat with Corid or Amprol, they should get an antibotic, such as Tylan, erythromycin, etc...
    here are some that you can check out:

    whenever you mix flocks, they can cross expose each other to different strains that they aren't immune to.

    could have been stress from new environment, and could have got chilled.. that lowered their immune systems..

    how old are the sick chicks?
    are they under a heat light?
    chick vitamins?
    whenever they are sick they need to be kept warm and out of draft or wet.
    cocci tends to make them feel cold also.

    keep a close eye on your first batch.
    how old are they?
    how are they kept?(brooder/heat light..)
    what bedding are you using?
    what all do you feed?
  9. andisgarden

    andisgarden Songster

    Mar 14, 2009
    Sorry, I just saw your post. Second batch is 8+ weeks and he wasn't really sure how old but, they are fully feathered, so no heat light. I have given them chick electrolytes and have them on medicated feed. I have been using VetRx and putting garlic and ACV in the water.

    First flock is 12-13 weeks old and so far they seem happy and cough free., I did notice that one of them may have a runny nose. I will check again today. I am using pine shavings in my coop and the temporary shelter for the other chicks.



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