Swollen eyes on bantams, already lost 4

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Weasle 25, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. Weasle 25

    Weasle 25 New Egg

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    I have around 10 bantam cross breeds with 2 rooster. I have already lost 3 hens and one of my roosters in probably two weeks time. The bantams when they get this there eyes swell up so bad they look like maybe its in there ears. The eyes get so swollen that they look like there going to slam shut. There poop looks fine and we have been giving them termycin in there water. The rooster before he died quit eating and started sneezing alot and gasping for breath. Once they get this 3 out of 4 continued to eat and drink when they weren' reating and they always seemed if they were in slow motion. We have cleaned there pin twice with wood shavings,not cedar. So any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    Do a search on chronic respiratory disease in poultry. There is a bunch of things that are grouped under that topic, sinus issues etc etc. In my opinion terrimycin is pretty much useless. Try Areomycin or tylan powder. The longer they have it the worse and harder it is to cure.

    Steve in NC
     
  3. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    I also lost a bird a couple of weeks ago. The dead bird had no signs of anything. I had a few other birds that had swollen eyes, almost shut on one side. I put terramycin in their waterer for 2 days in a row. They are all better now. I don't know if it was the medicine or what, but they are better, thank God.
     
  4. jab91864

    jab91864 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    I would give them the terramycin in the water along with electrolytes, and chop fresh garlic and add AC vinegar. I would also use VetRx to swab the comb and beak region. You can use eucalyptus oil or vicks vapor rub in a pinch if you don't have the above.

    Try to get them to eat some scrambled eggs it's a good protein source.

    This could be an respiratory infection or severe colds. Winter and dampness are really tough on birds.

    Best of luck !!!!!!

    Julie
     
  5. bheila

    bheila Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2008
    Kent, Wa
    Sounds like your birds have CRD/Coryza. You can give them Tylan 50 for their symptoms. 1/4cc for banties and 1/2cc for standard chickens injected into the breast. You know that your birds will always be carriers and will spread it to every other chicken. A lot of people make the decision to cull the sick birds. I have been through this myself. I will never take in another bird from an outside source again. Good luck with your decision.
     
  6. marcel

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    It does sound like Coryza. Use the Tylan 50. Isolate the sick ones and treat all the birds. This is a highly contagious disease( if it is Coryza). Do not allow visitors to your pens or visit other producers until this situation passes. Submitting one to a lab/vet would also be a good idea. FWIW, regards Marcel
     
  7. Weasle 25

    Weasle 25 New Egg

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    ok thanks
     
  8. Tn Gamebirds

    Tn Gamebirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Like has already been said , use the Tylan powder in there water.

    You can also give them a shot of LA 200 to get it into them quick.

    Clean and disinfect their feed and water pans and the pens with bleach or some other good disinfectint
     
  9. bheila

    bheila Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2008
    Kent, Wa
    Not all of my birds had the smelly nasal discharge. Your birds could still have Coryza and not have all of the symptoms. The stinky nasal discharge is just a for sure sign. Some of mine had nasal discharge and others had eye discharge but it was obvious to me that it was Coryza. I'm sure you'll do what's best for the bird and it sounds like your already trying your darndest.
     
  10. Weasle 25

    Weasle 25 New Egg

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    I have gave all my bantams tylan 50, even the ones that didn't seem to have it but I thought what the heck. I had to go ahead an put the hatchet down on one, it was awful. Igave the bantams 1/4 cc and 1/2 cc to my laying hens. They seem to be doing good. I heard to give them that for 2 days.
     

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