Sick hen- how often do i give her water

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rckehllrchicks, Feb 27, 2017.

  1. rckehllrchicks

    rckehllrchicks Just Hatched

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    I've a sick hen. We think after reading posts she has coryza. I am not interested in culling my flock. I bathed her, dried her, have given her vetrx. All my chicky babies get probiotics and oregano oil in their water. She doesn't eat or drink by herself but she has perked up and sounds better. I've been dropping water down her throat. How often and how much water should I give her? Thanks for your time..
     
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    rckehllrchicks Just Hatched

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    Well I'm a dork... sorry. I posted in wrong area. I can't figure out if I can delete my post.
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    No you are not - it happens to us all! You can click on the red flag icon (bottom left hand) on your first post and then ask a moderator to move it to the ER forum. It may take a little while, until a moderator sees it so don't sweat it.
     
  4. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Welcome To BYC @rckehllrchicks

    How is your hen doing?
    How old is she?
    What are her symptoms- coughing, sneezing, wheezing, mucous from nostrils, watery eyes, swollen face, bad odor about her, etc.?
    Do you have vet care available?

    If she is unable to drink or eat on her own, you need to try to syringe or tube fluids into her. Dehydration comes quickly. Once she is properly hydrated, offer wet poultry feed, hardboiled egg or tuna and see if she will eat.

    If she has Infectious Coryza along with symptoms of facial swelling, heavy smelly mucous/discharge from the eyes and nostrils, then you may need to treat with antibiotics to help with secondary infections. If you have a vet that can give your meds, that would be best. You can try injectable Tylan50 which can still be purchased OTC at most feed stores, but your vet would have something better.

    Keep us posted.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/805728/go-team-tube-feeding starts at 15
    http://lafeber.com/vet/tube-feeding-birds/
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
     
  5. rckehllrchicks

    rckehllrchicks Just Hatched

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    I'm sad to say I lost her after staying up all night with her. She took water a lot. I used an eye dropper to give her water. She perked up but I was too late. [​IMG][​IMG] we have another one that has a mucusy eye. She is still eating and drinking and coming out of the coop. I brought her in for a night and we gave her vetrx. She seems to be doing better. Is tylan antibiotic? We should probably get some. Thank you for your insight. I'm pretty green yet but learning.
     
  6. rckehllrchicks

    rckehllrchicks Just Hatched

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    And I've been unable to find a vet for chickens around here. You'd think Living in the sticks where most people have chickens there would be one.
     
  7. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I'm sorry you lost her.

    Separate any that have symptoms and treat them. Injectable Tylan50 is an antibiotic that is commonly used to treat secondary infections from respiratory illness. It can usually be found at the feed store or at Tractor Supply. Tylan50 may help if it is Infectious Coryza, but sometimes sulfa drugs may be better if you can get any (usually through a vet).

    Tylan50 dosage is 1 cc or ml per 5 pounds of weight. You can give it orally or as an injection into the breast muscle 1/4 inch deep.

    If there is mucous/discharge in the eyes, try to keep them cleared and flushed out with saline - you can apply some Vetericyn eye gel or Terramycin eye ointment to the eyes to help with any infection if need be.

    Watch to see if the sick one(s) are drinking well. You can add some poultry vitamin to their water and give them some extra protein like egg or tuna in addition to their normal feed.
     
  8. rckehllrchicks

    rckehllrchicks Just Hatched

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    Thank you for the advice. Seems all our local tylan has been snatched up... as soon as I find some I will definitely Stock it.
     
  9. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    There were changes at the beginning of the year where water soluble antibiotics were taken off the shelves (need a prescription now). Injectable Tylan50 is one of the few still available on the shelves, so I'm sure it goes quickly when the stores get it in. You may be able to find some "in stock" online at Amazon or Jefferspet supply - you would need to look it up by "Tylan50 injectable".

    Do the best you can in the meantime. See that they are drinking well and keep any mucous/discharge cleared away.

    Keep us posted.
     
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