young birds with pale faces

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Gonda, Aug 29, 2014.

  1. Gonda

    Gonda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have about a dozen young chickens ranging in age from 16-20 weeks with pale faces. There is also one hen that's over a year old, with a pale face and comb and she's been moulting. I noticed that this hen and some of the young birds were opening and closing their mouths, so I suspected worms. I gave them all a dose of Eprinex pour-on liquid four days ago. I don't see much of the mouth opening and closing anymore. I'm just wondering if I'm on the right track. Is this worms? None of them are having trouble breathing, so I don't think it's gape worm. Do other worms also cause that opening and closing of the mouth, and a bit of neck stretching? If this is worms, when should I see an improvement? The poops look very normal. They're eating and active enough but the paleness isn't changing. I realize that if this is anemia, it could take a bit to see improvement.

    I didn't like to use Eprinex on the young birds, but felt it was better than waiting it out if it's worms and if they're anemic. I'm going to have to give a 2nd dose if this is the right treatment course to be following for this. There seem to be many different recommendations out there for when to give the second dose. I've read 3 days if they have an infestation, and I've read 10 days, 14 days. What's generally recommended - if this is worms.

    The hen was broody a few times this spring/summer, and the last time, she wouldn't give up, so may have gone 4 times. I wonder if that weakened her, and made her prone to something, and then the young birds also picked up something. I understand young birds can be more susceptible to worms than older ones. Is that true?

    Any suggestions, ideas? Am I on the right track? Is there something else that might be going on?
     
  2. sumatrass

    sumatrass Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a chicken at the moment that is dying because of a respiratory infection, it all started with her stretching her neck and gasping for air, then came a cough or sneeze. The entire time she was active and eating, even now in her worst she still pecks at food. I separated her from my flock and started treatment with deramicyl-10 but i gave her the wrong doze for about 11 days so i saw no improvement by the time i rectified that she had already lost weight and her face was pale, and then she became paralyzed.For the last five days I started injecting her with tylan50 but have seen no improvement, I am going to have to cull her. Hope this helps and you can act sooner than i did.
     
  3. leedyfeathers

    leedyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    try electrolight vitamin and probotic mix (tracktor suply) given oraly by suringe three times a day give yogert also by spoon. this will help alot of times even though you dont think so. if your using an anibotic you kill alot if the good backteria they use in the body and needs repkaced thus yogert.. if enemic or just wore down the vitamins will help and if heat issue.
     
  4. leedyfeathers

    leedyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i also read a great link by chickencanoe that too many people go to fast to an antibotic. it gets immune to it then its no longer effective. also theres mold that will cause same problems as what most have with caughing and sneezing alot of talk about on subject. good luck with your birds
     
  5. Gonda

    Gonda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm still wondering if this is a worms issue. Can anyone tell me - have you see chickens with pale faces, and was it worms?
     
  6. leedyfeathers

    leedyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well ive read where the pail face is linked to lack of a nutriton worms and lice.. if i can find it ill put link up
     

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