Silkie thread!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by americana-chick, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. Hawkeye95

    Hawkeye95 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh wow! Didn't realize you were a native Kansan. :) I love Yoder, we go down every now and then and buy up baked goods and pies.

    You have a respiratory illness or diesase going on. The popping you hear is common and is related. It's most likely fluid in the lungs-- BAD. I would say to treat with VetRX, but since you already lost a bird, this sounds much more serious. And the popping noise would indicate a much more aggressive illness. I would get to your vet and ask for injectible Baytril to give them. No more than .5cc a bird. It's not that expensive-- I paid about $30 for half a vial and ended up injecting several birds when I had something go round. Don't over dose them, the Baytril is ONCE a day. My vet had told me twice a day, and I came home and did my own reading up on it because that sounded like an awful lot of drug. Indeed, it would have killed them, and I'm glad I had the sense to double check him.

    My vet refuses to do blood work ups on birds, he says they are carriers of EVERYthing and to pin point down what exactly it is that is causing the trouble could be difficult. So we run a broad spectrum antibiotic and hope for the best. Necropsy can be done after the bird has died to see what killed them. Not only that, but it is very difficult to get enough blood to run a lab while they are alive. Unless you have an entire flock sick and don't mind sacrificing one to save the rest for the necropsy.
     
  2. scamperwillow

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    Oh that is too bad. We have a wonderful vet here in Sebastopol that specializes in chickens. She moderates a chat list here and will even answer questions via email. That;s where we took our sick chicken and got the diagnosis.
     
  3. Hawkeye95

    Hawkeye95 Chillin' With My Peeps

    my vet does not specialize in chickens, but does treat birds. If I could find someone better, I would. We are not exactly a big city down here. [​IMG]
     
  4. annabell254

    annabell254 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I put fresh paper towel down every time I go in there probably 10-15 times a day and change it all once every day...I dont like the idea of them stepping in the poo and try to keep it as clean as possible...they do like to eat the food around the feeder and will scratch it to get it out...they dont poo much there but there is some... when I see it I cover it or clean it...
     
  5. annabell254

    annabell254 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ive started them all on Vet RX on the beak and a drip in the water and some in the beak of the sick ones and am separating the previously sick one...good thing I can tell it apart from the rest...but it is fine now? and it was very bad a few days ago I did not think it would make it at all... and the other that is in quarantine never was that bad and does not have the popping sound at all ...yet and it actually seems a bit better (right now) but it could be wishful thinking....what sickness can kill one very quickly while others seem to recover very quickly (and with some getting very sick and others only a little sick?)???? [​IMG] it seems very odd to me???
     
  6. annabell254

    annabell254 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I just moved the one...and it is very up-set to be separated...and when it peeps very loud I CAN still hear the popping sound...but it is more like a rasp..but otherwise it appears to be very healthy...and mad haha and the other has no popping sound but is lethargic but not as much as this morning...I dont want it to get sick if it is not already sick...and how long will the 1st one be contagious to the rest
     
  7. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Your little porcelain is so sweet looking. I think it will be the perfect model for my crocheted silkie! What font is that? I love it!!
     
  8. JoshU

    JoshU Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am no pro but you may be doing harm by keeping it too clean. From all of the research I have done, your birds need it to be a little messy. This sounds crazy to us humans but they are still chickens. When you clean too much they dont get to build up a good immunity and what is there may be growing bad bacteria. This thread explains it much better than I can. This doesnt solve your problem but may be beneficial for the future. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...r-and-lay-some-wisdom-on-us/2700#post_8881394
    It is post 2703. I hope this helps someone.
     
  9. mystdogs

    mystdogs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would love some opinions on these four birds, they are 7 weeks old. All have five toes and good foot feather (though you can't tell right now as they are in need of baths from playing in the water)

    #1 - Black, girl I think. She's from a paint breeding
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    #2 - Color help, I'm thinking blue partridge, but would like some more experienced help. I'm debating whether to keep or sell this one. I think this is also a girl. This chick is about half the size of the black, but very fuzzy. Came from a different set of eggs.

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    #3 - blue splash, again I think a girl. She's small like #2, I'm pretty well going to sell her, but would still like some opinions on her so I can learn some more for better selection.

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    #4 - Picaso - paint boy, he's always had a bigger comb then the rest. When I select hens for him in the future what areas do you think I should work to improve on first?

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    Thank you, I look forward to your input..and don't be worried about telling me if something is really bad or not. I just want to learn so I can improve on my stock. :)
     
  10. BarnGoddess01

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