The doxycycline does'nt help to my sick chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Tiffany443, May 21, 2019.

  1. Tiffany443

    Tiffany443 Hatching

    May 21, 2019
    50B487F9-FC27-4FFB-9001-AADD6D536FAF.jpeg i rescued a sick silkie chicken, she is sneezing, has an heavy breathing and also one of her eyes is puffy with white bubbles. she eats and drinks in an okay amont (she has a small appetite) and she is only active around people as she follows them. i started gaving her the medicine 6 days ago (once a day) and there is'nt any improvements to her syptoms. her nose is clean, her tempatore feels fine and her throut does'nt have any thing strange in it. what should i do ?
    Last edited: May 21, 2019
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Enabler

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Hi @Tiffany443 :frow Welcome To BYC

    Where are you located in the world (state/country)?
    Do you have a photo of the Doxycycline that you are using? What dose are you giving her?
    Does she have a bad odor?
    Do you have other chickens?

    Sometimes antibiotics can help with symptoms of respiratory disease it depends on what you are dealing with. Infectious Bronchitis, Infectious Coryza, ILT, Mycoplasma and Newcastle are a few of the more common diseases.

    For the eyes, flush with saline and remove any pus/discharge a couple of times a day, apply an eye ointment like Terramycin.
    As for antibiotics, if she is receiving the correct dose of Doxycycline and is not responding, you are likely dealing with a virus, but without testing it would be hard to know.

    If you have other chickens, it would be good to find out what she has since most respiratory disease make birds carriers even if they get better and have no symptoms. What she has could spread to your other chickens so practicing biosecurity would be wise. Change clothes and wash your hands after you have tended to her and are now going to see to your existing chickens. Do this every time.
  3. Henriettamom919

    Henriettamom919 Songster

    May 1, 2019
    North of Seattle
  4. Tiffany443

    Tiffany443 Hatching

    May 21, 2019

    hey:frow im from israel, my Doxycycline came in a cleay glass buttle (we got it from the local vet) i am giving her 0.15 cc , she has problem cleaning her self so her bed odor comes from poor hygiene but after i give her a beth she smells fine for the following day and i have other chicknes . my problem is that i dont know were the diases came from, she was with my other chicken wich on of them had chicken flu, at the time we gave her Doxycycline and she gor better

  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I would start using some warm wet compresses to her face and eye twice a day. As Wyorp Rock recommended, flush the eye with saline, and apply an antibiotic eye ointment such as Terramycin or Neosporin/Triple Antibiotic Ointment twice a day. Doxycycline does a good job treating many bacteriaat the correct dosage, but a few things, such as pseudomonas can be resistant. Dosage is 5-10 mg per pound twice a day. But the eye needs to be physically cleaned gently as well. If she needs help with eating and drinking, sometimes adding a lot of water to a small bowl of chicken feed to make a wet mash could be helpful. Chick vitamins or 1/4 tablet daily of vitamin B complex would be good and may increase appetite.

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