Sick snotty bantams

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bedard's Bantams, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. Bedard's Bantams

    Bedard's Bantams Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey guys,
    Im new to this forum and a newbie on raising chickens. We have 2 sebright hens we just purchased at an auction. I noticed today one had snot bubbles from one nostral and mucus like runny eyes. Any idea what this can be? They kinda tuck their becks to their breast and then "squawk" with a long stretching motion but no sounds come out. They are capable of making sounds though, as i have heard it before.

    Thanks
    JD
     
  2. kryptoniteqhs

    kryptoniteqhs Rosecomb Rich

    Nov 14, 2008
    Perris, CA
    anybody? im curious to know as i have a similar problem.
     
  3. Bedard's Bantams

    Bedard's Bantams Out Of The Brooder

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    Im glad im not alone on this. It is actaully concerning me, they are not too lathargic but they have been laying in the sun a lot, probably just sunbathing. Can you give chickens Penn. G? i know you cannot use them for a food source after that but these are just our starter herd to see how raising chickens will pan out for us.
     
  4. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry you're starting out on such a rocky road. These kinds of things are really discouraging. Are these the only two chickens you have or do you have more? I will never bring home chickens from an auction after a bad experience I had last fall with similar symptoms. Anyway, definitely keep them away from your other chickens if you have more. They must have some kind of respiratory disease it sounds like. There's all kinds of antibiotics people recommend but it depends on what's wrong. You can get some antibiotics at the feed stores but they aren't real potent. I'm going to poke around and see if I can find a site for you to look at that will help you.
     
  5. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    Tylan 50 injectable is an effective antibiotic for respiratory illness.
    you'll need syringes and needles, and alcohol for cleaning the area.
    it's also available in water soluble form to put in water..
    but for 2 birds..the injectable is best, and works quicker.
    Tylan can be found at most farm/feed stores, such as TSC..in the LIVESTOCK section.
    they need this asap.

    please describe the droppings..color and consistency.

    what all do you feed?
    what bedding are you using?

    keep them warm and out of draft.
    put a little apple cider vinegar in the water.(1 tablespoon per 1 /2 gallon)...it will help cut the mucus.

    get some poultry vitamins..if you can't find..get Poly-vi-sol liquid baby vitamins...Enfamil brand..no iron..give 2-3 drops on beak once a day for a week, tapering off for another week.

    give extra protein..cooked egg, a little canned beef cat food, or kitten feed are options.

    for treating/flushing infected eyes and sinuses :

    http://happyhenhouse.proboards43.com/index.cgi?board=sick&action=display&thread=7585

    you can contact me by pm or post back for more info.
    good luck with your birds.
     
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  6. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Caution though. I bought Tylan 50 injectable at a Southern States and they sold me syringes that were supposed to be used on pigs. Be sure and get syringes that are small enough for chickens. Tetracycline is also good if you can get that. Still looking for a good helpful website. I have this info on my computer but I'm not on my own computer. Sorry.
     
  7. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    you'll want very small syringes..1cc..and 22-24 gauge needles.
     
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  8. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It can be any number of things and if they don't respond to the Tylan after a seven day treatment go to the vet. and get some Baytril.

    And rememder an auctioneer's favorite line is " Don't worry boys, they only have snotty noses because it's dusty back in those pens!"
     
  9. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    yep..

    agree with nnb about the Baytril.

    also..after using any antibiotic..give a probiotic, such as plain active culture yogurt, or commercial mix from poultry supply, such as McMurrays hatchery, to help get their systems back right.
     
  10. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, baytril is the best as far as I'm concerned but you can only get it from a vet and, I don't know about where you all live but, here, you have to bring the bird in or they won't give it to you.

    $$$$$$$ [​IMG] $$$$$$$

    One more important question: Is there an odor coming from the runny nose? That would probably be infectious coryza. The odor is the signature symptom.
     

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