Sick hen....do I have to treat the whole flock?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by justinemtp22, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. justinemtp22

    justinemtp22 New Egg

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    I have 16 Red Sex Link hens that are 24wks old. I noticed one of them this afternoon had a congested sound when breathing. No nasal discharge, watery eyes, or any other symptoms. I isolated her and picked up some Oxytetracycline powder. My question is do I have to treat the entire flock since no one else has any symptoms? Can I just treat this one hen and if any others get any symptoms then treat the entire flock?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Hi and welcome to BYC!
    I am bumping this for you since I don't have experience with such matters.
    My instincts tell me that if you have to treat one, you should treat the whole flock; but I could be wrong.
     
  3. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    I think I would keep the one isolated and medicate her. Keep a very close eye and ear on the rest of the flock. If one more bird developes even a trace of the symptoms, then medicate everyone. just one more opinion.
     

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