sick partial flock

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pfd, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. pfd

    pfd Out Of The Brooder

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    5 of my 5-month old chickens started sneezing yesterday. I am planning on giving them antibiotics in the water for 7 days. Is this ok for my 5 month old guinea and turkey? Should I give shots instead which I think is too much stress in this heat (the catching). This is the first time any of them are sick. I haven't been anywhere and nobody was here to bring anything in. I have no clue why they are sick.

    Any input is appreciated!
     
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  2. pfd

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    Anyone?
     
  3. monkeemakr

    monkeemakr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi pfd

    I was hoping someone could log in and give you some suggestions. I'm afraid I logged in yesterday with the same problem with some of my little 6 wk old Sussexes. One of the ladies thought it could be MS and to treat with Denegard, which I am going to do as soon as I can get my hands on some, which isn't proving to be easy. There are so many things it could be, and it really is scaring me. Where are you from? I'm here in SC. I'm just wondering if this is something that might be localized. In my head I've come up with a million answers and solutions. Overall, other than the sneezing, they all seemed pretty good last night. They are drinking, but I did notice that the one that seems to be the sickest had a slightly enlarged crop, whether that has anything to do with it or not. My post was speckled sussex with allergies....There might be some info on there to help you. Maybe if we put our heads together. I'm praying it's not MS
     
  4. pfd

    pfd Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your reply! I'm not sure why this is happening. There is no reason for it and they have been here at my place for the last 5 months. All are active, eating and trinking. I did get my hands on some VetRX natural stuff for chickens which if nothing else should help the ones that are still healthy. I have to say that I have had horses as well in the last 3 weeks that came up with snotty noses and coughs for no reason at all without any exposure to others and nobody coming in. Unless it's being transferred in by wildlife.

    My chickens are in a run so they don't free range. [​IMG]: Oh, and I'm in Alabama.
     
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  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    There could be something environmental causing these problems for yall, so dont panic just yet, there might be an easy fix. If you are feeding them crumbles, the dust could make them sneeze easily. The bedding in their house could be giving off ammonia fumes causing them to sneeze, pesticides on grass, smaoke, dust, pollen, DE in bedding, nests or even on the chickens can cause them to sneeze and so on. If it's not environmental, then it would be safe to say it could be a respiratory problem. Wild birds can introduce anything to chickens...diseases and parasites. Here are some links for your information:
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/vm011
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps042
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps034
     
  6. pfd

    pfd Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! The links are down right now and I will check into this a little later then. I will rebed the coop to rule out anything there.
     
  7. monkeemakr

    monkeemakr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I love you Dawg! One of my hopeful guesses was DE because my son had just changed the little (wheat straw) in their coop and had dusted with DE, and said a lot of it accidentally got on them. I would love for this to be it. I will check out the link too. The rest of my flock is fine, and only 3 of the 6 in that particular coop are sneezing.
     

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