sick hen :(

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PoniesFoDayz, Dec 26, 2014.

  1. PoniesFoDayz

    PoniesFoDayz New Egg

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    MY New Hampshire Red hen is sick. She has clear nose runnies and is very thin. She is two years old, and should weigh between 5 and eight pounds yet she only weighs two and a half pounds... she eats plenty, very enthusiastically. She drinks plenty also. Her water has penicillin fir antibiotics, she has hadthaat for three days and has actually lost weight. A few weeks ago she had her face swollen up the size of a base ball and her eyes sank into her head but after one day of penicillin and triple antibiotic ointment in her eyes she was healthy again.... she stayed isolated for three or four days and then went back with the ladies. All of the chickens except for the three silkies have rattly breathing and clear mucus... she is seperated now and is being fed seperatly. Anybody know what this could be? Her stool is firm and looks normal also.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. It sounds like you have a chronic respiratory disease going around in your flock, possibly MG or even coryza. Coryza tends to smell very bad. Antibiotics such as Tylan 50 injectable or Tylan Soluble Powder for the water are good treatments for MG, and sulfa drugs such as Sulfadimethoxine or Sulmet can treat symptoms of coryza. Many people will cull a flock with chronic respiratory disease, clean and disinfect facilities, and then get new chickens from a hatchery after waiting a couple of months. Those with backyard flocks sometimes will close the flock to any chickens coming in or going out of the flock, if they are going to treat the illness. Your chickens will be carriers for life, and they can get sick whenever they are stressed. With respiratory diseases, there can be complications such as air sacculitis from E.coli and other bacteria. Eyes if swollen and runny should also be treated with cleaning the eyes with saline, and applying Terramycin or plain Neosporin ointment or Vetericyn eye gel twice a day to the eyes. Here is a good link to read about diseases: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
     
  3. PoniesFoDayz

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    I know what you mean, but the thing is my three silkies, which live with the nhr's dont have any symptoms. Also, the hens only have rattly breathing in colder weather. I am in maine but the weather has actually been in the high fifties lower sixties for the past few days, and they havent had any symptoms. But the chicken i originally posted about hasnt sropped having symptoms at all although she does seem a little better on warm days. I am sooooo confused...
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    You might want to check into getting a chicken tested for MG and coryza through your state vet or a local testing center for poultry. Listed below are links for your state vet and testing laboratories, along with a couple of links about MG:
    http://www.usaha.org/Portals/6/StateAnimalHealthOfficials.pdf
    http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/nahln/downloads/all_nahln_lab_list.pdf
    http://umaine.edu/livestock/poultry/mycoplasma-gallisepticum-faq/
    http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/pou...lasma_gallisepticum_infection_in_poultry.html
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps034
     

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