Swollen eye, nasal discharge and sneezing hen- picture!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cbasser, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. cbasser

    cbasser New Egg

    Mar 21, 2012
    NW Florida
    My poor black sex link has been sneezing for 2 1/2 weeks. She wasn't showing any other signs until today when I let her out of the coop. One side of her face is swollen. There is a membrane that is completely covering her eye. She now has an eye discharge and a nasal discharge. I took her to the local vet (who admitted he didn't see too many chickens) and he found her to be very thin. (I'm new to chickens so I didn't know anything was wrong!) He put her on cephalexin twice a day. I'm just wondering if anyone has any experience with this particular antibiotic or if I should use something else for this particular infection. Also, should I treat all the other birds in my flock with antibiotics? Thanks for any input. [​IMG]
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Cephalexin is an antibiotic. I've used it before with my dogs for ear infections, worked good. It might work for your sick Black Star, but not if it's a viral infection.
    Keep your bird seperated from the others. Dont handle your sick bird and then pick up one of your other healthy birds. Most likely you are dealing with a respiratory disease and it is contageous to other birds, all the symptoms are there.
    If there's a foul odor around her head, it coryza. No foul odor, most likely it's mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) or infectious bronchitis (IBV.)
    Here's a link for you to read. Scroll down and read about these diseases I mentioned. Symptoms are basically the same for each one, except coryza (foul odor.) I suspect MG.
    Another link about MG:

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