very sick 4 week old maybe dying

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Whirlwind, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    I have a 4 week old spitzhaben
    She is gaping her mouth open and closed every few seconds raising head up when she does this and seems really sleepy all the time, she is sneezing once in a while too.
    She can not stand up
    She is on pine pellet bedding
    Poop seems ok compared with other chicks.
    Other chicks seems fine
    Thanks for any help or advice
     
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    How is her breathing? I think you should probably put her on tylan or gallimycin.
     
  3. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    If any thing it may be slow. Can I get either of those things at TSC?
     
  4. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    After watching her some more it seems like she is gasping for air when she opens her mouth, other resperation is very shallow.
     
  5. spotsplus

    spotsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sure sounds like resperatory- influenza or Coryza. You can google them and check symptoms. Most likely you'll be able to give Terramicin or Sulmet/Corid depending on what she has. Good luck [​IMG]
     
  6. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    describe droppings in detail...color and consistency

    is she wheezing?
    any mucus from eyes or beak? eyes crusty and stuck together?

    what temp are you keeping them at?
    what do you feed? is it dusty?

    at this point I'd agree with Sonoran Silkies..yes..you can get both meds at TSC..in the LIVESTOCK med section..(not the poultry section)
    Tylan comes as injectable...Tylan 50..you'll need syringes..injectables work quick.
    (with chicks you don't do a muscle shot..a skin shot is safer.
    and also comes powdered water soluble to put in drinking water or orally dosed.

    gallimycin (erthromycin/Ery-mycin) also most likely available at TSC..powdered water soluble.

    keep chick hydrated by giving water by drops on beak..
    get some chick vitamins if you don't have them..give to all..

    or get some oly-vi-sol liquid baby vitamins..Enfamil brand, no iron...give 2 drops on beak once a day for 2 days..then 1 drop for 3-5 days.
    available at any pharmacy.

    here's an online source for meds:

    http://www.firststatevetsupply.com/store/

    will wait for reply and more detail on symptoms.
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2009
  7. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    spotsplus, thanks we have been googling alot already.

    Sammi, dropping look normal, gray,white, solid, look normal to me.

    No wheezing,
    no mucus from eyes or beak, eyes look fine.
    brooder is right at 80
    they are eating purina chick crumbles they dont seem too dusty.
    They are on pine pellet bedding which got wet the other day. It turns to powder when it gets wet. She was trying to dust bathe in it the other day and I wondered if she inhaled some of it. Spitzhaben have bigger nostrils.

    We did a mad dash to tractor supply last night and all they had was Duramycin-10. I asked them for the others and they did not have either kind. So I started them on that. It looks like it is Tetracycline.

    She is in a brooder with her buddy snow the silkie who seems as bright eyed as they get. But I am treating them both.

    Other chicks in a brooder near by and am treating them too just in case. They seem fine also.

    will get the vitamins this morning.

    Thanks so much for all your help. You all rock!!! She looks a little bit brighter eyed this morning. I hope she is getting better.
     
  8. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    yop have to look in the livestock med section..not the poultry section for the meds...

    hoe the Duramycin helps.
     

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