sick rooster

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Paulk Chickens, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. Paulk Chickens

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    [​IMG]my 6 monthes old roosters is sick.his eyes have a white film on or in them. one of them both his eye are swollen shut. Please help!
     
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  2. BantamLover21

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    Could you post a photo? It is possible that he has some sort of eye infection (if so, Terramycin antibiotic ointment would be the treatment), or he could be showing signs of a respiratory disease (in that case, an antibiotic such as Tylan could possibly help).
     
  3. Paulk Chickens

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    ok here is a picture. Hope it helps.[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  4. Wyandottes7

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    He appears to have Fowl Pox, which is a disease caused by a virus (its not related to Chicken Pox in humans). Fowl Pox does not have a treatment, and runs its course in about three weeks. It isn't usually deadly in the dry form, which your bird appears to have. However, it can be deadly if it progresses to the wet form, which causes lesions and scabs in the throat as well.

    Fowl Pox is quite contagious, so keep him isolated from other birds. The main carriers of Fowl Pox are mosiquitoes, flies, and other flying insects. To reduce the spread of the disease, treat your chicken area for flying insects. This will eliminate most of the carriers.

    Keep him as stress-free as possible to prevent a secondary bacterial infection. Give electrolytes and probiotics, and make sure that he eats and drinks. You might want to put him on a course of antibiotics. Oxytetracycline like Duramycin, Terramycin, and Tetroxy HCA-280 is a good antibiotic, as it is broad-spectrum. Make sure that you don't give probiotics, yogurt, apple cider vinegar, or other dairy products while using antibiotics, as they will interfere with the success of the antibiotics.

    The scabs appear to be blocking his vision. To make him more comfortable, mix together some vaseline with sulphur (I believe that sulphur can be found at garden stores, but I'm not sure). Put this mixture on the scabs, and they will soften so that you can remove them. Without the scabs, he will be able to see to eat and drink, and the sulphur will help repel flies.

    Birds that recover from Fowl Pox will be immune, but can still pass the disease to others. To prevent Fowl Pox in the future, you might want to vaccinate. The Fowl Pox vaccine is relatively easy to find, and easy to give. You can buy it at http://www.twincitypoultrysupplies.com/store/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=1&zenid=4aa9c49211a3d34279a8d4fc77a34e81&keyword=fowl+pox+vaccin

    Hope I've helped!
     
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  5. BantamLover21

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    He appears to have Fowl Pox, which is a viral disease of poultry characterized by A) In its "dry" form, Fowl Pox causes bumps on the face and comb. This may lead to swelling and difficulty seeing. B) In its "wet" form, Fowl Pox causes bumps/scabs on the inside of the mouth and respiratory tract. If the bumps get large enough, the bird may suffocate. It is spread by wild birds, mosquitoes, and flies. It is possible that he also has some sort of respiratory disease that is causing the facial swelling.

    There is no treatment for Fowl Pox; the disease will run its course in 3-6 weeks. However, to prevent/treat secondary infections (such as respiratory diseases, etc.), you should treat the affected birds with an antibiotic, such as Oxytetracycline (sold under names like Terramycin, Tetroxy HCA-280, and Duramycin). The Oxytetracycline can generally be found at a livestock supply store, and is generally reasonably inexpensive (costing $9-$15).

    The Oxytetracycline dosage is 1 teaspoon powdered Oxytetracycline per gallon of drinking water for 7-14 days. During treatment, do not give probiotics, dairy products, or Apple Cider Vinegar. Vitamins/electrolytes are fine, though. If your rooster already has some sort of respiratory disease that is causing the swelling, then improvement in that area will usually be seen after 3-5 days of treatment.

    If your rooster isn't eating/drinking (probably because he can't see), mix some feed with water to form a thin soup. Put the "soup" in a spoon, hold it up to his beak, and press inward and slightly upward. Most birds will then slowly drink the mixture. You could also try dripping the mixture on the side of his beak, or tube feeding. Here are some good tube feeding links: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...h-my-bird-pics-for-visuals-very-detailed-post
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/722041/how-to-t-feed-a-sick-chicken-and-give-subcutaneous-fluid

    Also, isolate your rooster in a warm, clean place. Minimize any external stresses (animals walking around, noise, temperature fluctuation, etc.). If he can eat on his own, encourage him to eat plenty by giving him scrambled or hard-boiled eggs, applesauce, moistened feed, fresh fruit, mealworms, or anything else that he likes. Make sure that he drinks enough, too.

    Good luck with your rooster! Please ask if you have any more questions. [​IMG]
     
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  6. Paulk Chickens

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  7. Paulk Chickens

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    Thanks for the help. We have treated them. The one that was first sick is slowly getting better. And the other one is fine now.
     

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