Sick pullet not responding to medication! Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ANelson726, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. ANelson726

    ANelson726 In the Brooder

    I have a golden sexlink pullet who has been sick for about a week now. She is about 20 weeks old. A week ago we were told she was a cockerel, so we gave her to a farm in the area. A few days later we realized our mistake and brought her back home.

    She only spent a couple hours with my flock before I noticed some bloody mucus coming out of her nostrils. She has been in a dog crate in the garage ever since. None of the other chickens have shown any symptoms thankfully. I gave her some Tetramycin in her water the second day. I use a syringe every night to make sure she is getting some of the medication.

    It has been over 5 days on the medication now with no improvement. Her symptoms have not gotten any worse though. Her eyes are still clear, and she is eating well. A few days ago I noticed her poop was bright green. I read up on the forum here and found several people explaining that this was a sign of excess bile in her system. I gave her a couple soaks in a warm epsom salt bath (which she seemed to enjoy very much.) The green poop disappeared. That problem seems to have been solved. But I am still worried about her respiratory problems.

    She has mucus on her beak from her nostrils, and her lungs sound a bit bubbly. She coughs and sneezes several times a day. I am wondering, are there any other treatments I can try? Has anyone else had similar problems?

  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Jun 24, 2012
    SF Bay Area
    My Coop
    You could try Tylan or Baytril.

  3. War Chicken

    War Chicken Songster

    Oct 18, 2011

    If you're dealing with Mycoplasma and it's a good bet you are, Table 1 lists antibiotics and the concentration range for them to be effective. Lower numbers are better. You can see that tylosin and oxytetracycline, have upper ranges of 400 and 200 µg/ml, indicating resistance to those antibiotics.

    Tetracyclines also bind to metal so you have to stop any mineral supplements and avoid metal containers and hard water (I recommend distilled water).
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