Hi i have a sickly chicken any ideas

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Hi i have a sickly chicken any ideas
« on: July 26, 2010, 21:49 »
My 22 week old Light Sussex has developed a cough, thought it was gape and treated with panacur, no improvement she is now sneezing periodicaly and sometimes what appears to be a thin stream of clear mucus is expelled has any one got any idea's my vets not really into chickens im thinking antibiotics might be needed. My partner thinks im mad but shes my favorite with such character :(



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Re: Hi i have a sickly chicken any ideas
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2010, 21:51 »
Welcome to the site

I'll pop you over to the Hen House so someone chickeny can see your post  :D
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Re: Hi i have a sickly chicken any ideas
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2010, 22:27 »
If it is gapeworm then you will need flubenvet and antibiotic cover (for secondary bacterial infections).

I had a few chickens that I thought had gapeworm but it turned out to be a mycoplasma like infection. A quick course or baytril/tylan or oxytetracycline can work well.

oh  - and is there any bubbles on her eyes, rattling from her mouth, is she eating and drinking? does she look pale or in respiratory distress?

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Re: Hi i have a sickly chicken any ideas
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2010, 08:55 »
It could be anyone of lots of respiritory infections but I agree with silky smooth a visit to the vets is needed and all your hens will need to be treated just in case. I have several antibiotics here - aureomycin, tylan, denegard and each has it own uses (I have never been prescribed baytril but I know lots have), when you get the antibiotic check with your vets what the egg withdrawal period is - some are nil such as the three I have mentioned but others are anything from 1 day to a lifelong ban.
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