Vaccinating in Arizona

Wynater

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5 Years
Apr 15, 2014
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Hi all. New chicken owner here. I purchased 6 13-week old chickens this Sunday 4/13/14. 2 Orpingtons, 2 Wyandottes, 2 Australorps from a private breeder in Queen Creek, AZ. They all seemed very healthy but as I observed them on Monday morning, I noticed the small Wyandotte was exhibited behavior different than the others. She was moving her head up and down and opening and closing her beak and her eyes were closed. This continued so I separated her with her own food and water. To make a long story short, I purchased Teramyacin antibiotic and mixed 3/4 teaspoon per quart of water and gave to her when I got off work that day but she wasn't drinking. I brought her in the house last night and dripped the antibiotic water around her beak and she would drink a little but she was struggling to breath at this point. I was very careful but to late. I gave her more this morning but she died today. I called trying to find chicken vets this morning but the drive and stress I feared was too much to get to one and quite honestly I don't think I could afford one if I got there.

I made the antibiotic water for the other 5 chickens last night and hope I am in time to save them because it sounds like I hear an occasional sneeze. I have placed a bowl of water with electrolytes in addition to their waterer with the medicated water. I am upset of course. Is there anything else to do? I know to make new antibiotic water every 24 hours.

I texted the woman I purchased and asked if the chickens were vaccinated and she said no which made me start thinking, should I vaccinate and if so for what and how do I do it? Any help / advice would be greatly appreciated!
 

Wynater

Hatching
5 Years
Apr 15, 2014
7
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Additional questions are, do I put out plain water in addition to the medicated water or just the medicated for 7 days? Also, do I wait until the 7 days of antibiotics are finished before I start giving probiotics or start now?
 

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