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URGENT: Hens are getting ill, what can I do to help......

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Grillmaster33, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. Grillmaster33

    Grillmaster33 Songster

    Apr 18, 2008
    Triad, NC
    Strange breathing
    watery/glazed eye
    heads bopping up and down
    not eating or drinking well

    Several hens, I've watched it come and go (White D'Uccle and BR Bantam)
    One hen has died ( [​IMG] Black Japanese)
    and it looks like I have a Blue Quail and a Silver Sebright showing small signs.
    Polish hen's mouth stays agape and head nods constantly

    WHAT TO DO???? I dont wanna lose any more birds!

    It took Snow a few days, but she got over it:

  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    I think I would treat with a wormer for gapeworms, then maybe an antibiotic for respiratory, like Tylan or ..... hopefully someone knows more antibiotics for respiratory. The bobbing may have something to do with thick mucous. That would be my guess.
  3. Chicken_Pauper

    Chicken_Pauper Songster

    Mar 8, 2011
    Southern California
    You can test for gapeworm.. it is very rare. How old are the chickens?

    Lots depends on their age... how old are they? Have you ever wormed them? When? With what? Did you repeat?

    Search here on BYC for "the Q-tip test"... or "testing for gapeworm".. they rarely have it. And, the one picture you posted looks like a young bird.. ?

    You can search "worming with Valbazen"... "worming"... "giving oral medications".. "dosages of Valbazen".. "how much Valbazen"... "how to give food and water orally".

    You can get Valbazen at the local feed store.. it is a bit expensive.. also pick up some syringes (no needles)... also available at the feed store... note info posted by dawg53 on worming when you search. Antibiotics are also available at the feed store -- the Duramycin 10 (Tetracycline) is water soluable, goes into the drinking water.. for several days... is also available at the feed store.. they told me 1 tsp per gallon..... in only the amount of water they will drink in 24 hours.. so.. just one gallon or half a gallon, depending on your birds.. but, if they won't drink it... you may have to give it to each one orally as well. Be careful to avoid the windpipe.. if you get water into the airway (or food, or medicine, or anything).. they will die rather quickly.
    Tylan 50... with needles and syringes.. you can give it in the breast muscle.. (.5 cc/ml -- 1/2 cc/ml per standard chicken... less for bantams, half as much) - alternating sides each day.. for three days.. stop for three and if needed give it again for three more... but, if they have worms.. antibiotics will only perk them up for a little while.
    You can search "giving injections" and "Tylan 50" here also.

    If they are young... five months or younger... then, it's probably not worms and you can search the other symptoms... "respiratory symptoms", "wheezing"....
    Keep an eye on their poop as well... and search here "normal poop".. there is a site with pictures you will find the link to. If they are old enough to have worms.. maybe start water antibiotics and worm them.. you have to repeat worming in ten days and withhold eggs.. more info in search. Again, see dawg53 posts on worming.

    Searching "lethargic" won't get you much info... or it gets you too much, as it is too common... too many causes... it's not specific enough.

    If they won't eat or drink... you can lose them quickly... Good to act asap to save them.... Feed stores generally open early .. about 8am... call to see in the am.

    Good luck...
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Chicken_pauper, I always thought gapeworm was not common. But people here talked about it all the time.
  5. mama dixie

    mama dixie Chirping

    Aug 11, 2011
    are they pulling heds back to one side. if they are that does mean a respatory disorder I think. we had a horrid time with it and put our whole flock on duramycin-10 one teaspoon per gallon.. also clean with hot bleach watter then dawn dish soap. sounds weird but it helped us get coxi on the run..

    there are lots of people here that know lots more than I do just telling you what we did...

    can anyone tell her if duramycin-10 is what she needs or not it is also called tetracycline hydrochloride. get verification before you go forward with my suggestion, as I said I am new to this...

    I am sorry it is so hard when you get an illness going around...
  6. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    I would go with Tylan or Sulmet, or maybe some other respiratory antibiotic. I'm not sure about Duramycin, I don't think Tetracycline is for resp. It does sound like thick mucous to me.
  7. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    I would start them on Tylan in the drinking water right away. Give them some tylan water with a dropper if they ar lethargic. I believe it's a respiratory illness.


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