Sick Silkie - Advice Please

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Laura1211, Feb 19, 2015.

  1. Laura1211

    Laura1211 In the Brooder

    Dec 5, 2014
    I have a white silkie born the end of October and have had since birth. The first week of January I had ordered some new chickens that arrived (I am wondering if they were carrying a disease)...about a week later I noticed my silkie was sick. She had nasal discharge, her eyes were crusted shut and was sneezing. I brought the silkie inside and started her with oxytetracycline in her water (as well as my other chickens, although none of my other chickens ever got sick or showed symptoms.) She appeared better about a week later so I put her back with the other chickens. Just a few days later her eyes were crusted shut again so I brought her back inside and did 4 days of shots of Tylan 50, about 0.5cc once a day. She is currently not on any medication, it has been about a week since I ended the Tylan 50. She is still sneezing and has nasal discharge. No smell and her eyes have not been crusted shut in awhile. I know I cannot put her back outside until spring now, (I live in Michigan and she has to be used to our in door temp) But I am at a loss on how to help her at this point. Also, she is my only silkie, so I am worried about having to reintroduce her to the flock in the spring. (Yes, I have a chicken in my living room in a dog cage lol) I am somewhat attached so I would like to avoid putting her down. Do I just wait it out and see if she gets better on her own? Is there something else I can try to give her? My husband thinks the farm we got her from wasn't the greatest and jokes that she might be inbred.

    A few of the diseases I have read about never 'leave' the bird, so every time she is stressed she could relapse again? There is just so much info online and I can't pin point what to do.

    Any friendly advice or help?

    Thanks so much - Laura
  2. Magpie-ah

    Magpie-ah In the Brooder

    Dec 10, 2014
    This might not be much help, but if I were you I would continue with the medicine for a little longer. I am really sorry that I don't know the answer and I hope that you hen gets better soon. I love my silkie very much to and I would hate it if anything like that happend. I am glad to hear that I am not the only person who keeps sick chickens in dog crates in the living room, much to my dad's disappointment, haha :)
    I wish you the best of luck for your chicken and I hope that she is ok. I am sure that everything will be fine :) sorry again that my advice wasn't very helpful, but I hope that my support was :) good luck :D x
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    It is possible that she has MG or one of the many respiratory diseases, and MG is chronic. It could have come from the new chickens if one was a carrier, and if so, the whole flock should be considered carriers at this point. When it comes time to reintroduce her, or even earlier, you may want to take one of the most docile chickens, and let them become friends. Then slowly reintroduce them behind a fence inside the coop for 1 to 2 weeks. It may be a good idea to get your chicken tested, so that you know for sure what she has. Here is a good article or 3 about common respiratory diseases:

    Here is a link for labs that do testing, and your local vet or state vet may also be of help:

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