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Respiratory problems

Postby barne » Sun Apr 10, 2011 5:21 pm

Hello there folks,
I have had a couple of chickens in the past with respiratory problems. My Chickens are free range and I have hygienic chicken living areas and the Vet put it down to the chickens catching a cold off other birds and wildlife. How may I source anti-biotics for my chickens without going to huge expense of a Vet each time. Is there somewhere I can buy a small bottle from? OR...is there something else I could use as an alternative? Has anyone else been in this same situation? Any tips would be appreciated thankyou.
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Re: Respiratory problems

Postby Lindeggs » Sun Apr 10, 2011 5:33 pm

Hi barne, I'm going through the same problem at the moment and I'm afraid I don't have the answer for you. :( My Light Sussex Sylvia had a 'cold' when I got her (sneezing and a runny nose) and I thought it would pass by itself like a human cold. But instead it turned into a respiratory infection (wheezing, gurgly breathing) and I had to take her to the vet for antibiotics. I had to pay a consultation fee plus $5 for each pill! Fortunately she only needed half a pill, twice a day. But it soon adds up.

Just in the last couple of days I've noticed some of my other chickens sneezing occasionally. I simply can't afford to take them all to the vet.

The breeder suggested colloidal silver in their water and garlic in their food. I've done both of those things and it didn't seem to make a difference.

My vet prescribed Vibravet, which contains the broad spectrum antibiotic doxycycline. http://www.pfizeranimalhealth.co.nz/sit ... ravet.aspx

What antibiotic did your vet prescribe?

P.S. I'm glad to say Sylvia seems to have made a complete recovery. I hope you've had good results with your birds too.
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Re: Respiratory problems

Postby PoultryValley » Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:02 pm

Hi there, you should be using Tetravet 100 which is a soluble powder for respiratory infections that you add to water, very easy to use, but is a vet only medication which requires a vet's prescription ! Plus the Tetravet antibiotic's are relatively inexpensive really if you have a good rural vet or know a reputable breeder whom is willing to help you out ;) For more Info feel free to contact me through our Web Site ( link below ) for further details :D
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Re: Respiratory problems

Postby CountryGirlNZ » Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:07 pm

Just as I finished writing this I saw poultryvalley had responded, so theoretically there is no need for me to say my bit haha... but will anyway seeing I've just spent a whole writing this up! :lol:

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Unfortunately I think respiratory problems around this time of year is quite common. This time last year my whole flock of 100+ broke out with this 'cold', from sneezing to running nasals, and a few choked to death from it.

I talked to two vets about it, but they said they had no idea and told me to contact MAF incase it was the avian flu! :shock: So I did, and after answering 1001 questions, a MAF guy came out and culled a few birds to do autopsies. When I got the results back, as I thought, it was Mycoplasma Gallisepticum/Mycoplasma/Chronic Respiratory Disease. (They called it all of these - not sure of exact differences, but pretty much all respiratory problems!)

The results were sent through to a vet, and he ordered the prescribed antibiotics for me. It was through Barkes Corner Veterinary Hospital (lovely knowledgable people - wish I'd gone to them first!) and the antibiotic drug was Tylan. Just 1g of this powder is mixed into 1kg of feed. I fed it to them over seven days as directed, and they all cleared up by the 5th-6th day! For 100 chooks, it cost me $100. That's a dollar per bird... not bad in my case!

Surviving birds become immune to it, thankfully. It came around again a few months ago, as I noticed a few of the young birds had it, but all the older ones who were around last year were fine. Truth be told, I didn't order antibiotics this time around. :roll: I thought it would be interesting to see if they naturally cleared up over time. I lost a few very young birds, - couldn't figure out why they weren't growing much until the running nasal symptoms appeared, of which they died shortly after. But the slightly older 4mth+ birds who got it, just recently recovered fine from it. I think next time I'll just get the antibiotics again though!!

So, it's quite possible this Tylan antibiotic is what your chooks need. My thinking..... try and find a farm vet rather than a pet vet, take in a bird for a consultation, if it is the above Mycoplasma/Respiratory Disease, possibly suggest the use of Tylan??? I don't think you would need to take all the birds in for consultations? If they are all showing the same symptoms, they most likely all have the same sickness. In my case, I can probably just go and get more antibiotics from the vets when I need it now, without consultation (hope so anyway!!).

So yeah, hopefully a little bit of this will be helpful. I think there are broad-spectrum antibiotics out there, but not sure where to buy from, and whether they would help with respiratory problems or not.
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Re: Respiratory problems

Postby Lindeggs » Tue Apr 12, 2011 4:08 pm

Thanks to both of you for that info - very useful indeed. And CountryGirl it was definitely worth you writing all that - it explained things much more clearly than my vet did!

I will now go on the hunt for some antibiotics such as Tetravet or Tylan. Given the trouble I'm having finding decent feed anywhere near me, that might prove to be a challenge! :roll:
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Re: Respiratory problems

Postby suechook » Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:36 pm

So sorry to hear your lovely girls are not 100% Lindeggs. Get well soon wishes to them!
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Re: Respiratory problems

Postby barne » Wed Apr 13, 2011 3:15 pm

Hello folks,
Thankyou all to your replies, you all had useful information.
I had taken the one that was affected with respiratory problems...The Vet gave me enough antibiotics to dose all of my chickens.
But the Consultation costs alone are expensive, If you have to do that every time one gets sick there must be another way. I go to a Pukekohe Vet that also deals with Rural animals. Recently I have been looking into boosting immunity of my chickens...what do you think of Stockmans friend AHE? (Animal Health elixer) which is supposed to be a natural tonic. (Natural ingrediants)
I may try it to see what results I get.
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Re: Respiratory problems

Postby Lindeggs » Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:08 pm

A lot of people swear by supplements such as Stockman's Friend. If I could get them nearby I would do so! I've also heard Livamol highly recommended for poultry. It seems that a lot of the products aimed at horse-owners are good, and any kind of vitamin/mineral mix that's designed for caged birds is also useful.

I think you are unlikely to do any harm by adding these supplements to your chickens' diet (they have been tried and tested for years) so I think it's worth it in the hope of giving them a boost. Please let us know how you go as it seems it's a widespread problem at this time of year.
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Re: Respiratory problems

Postby PoultryValley » Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:49 am

AHE ( Stockmans friend ) PHAT + ( Poultry Health & Animal Tonic + Molasses ) there is also ORNITHON ( VITAMIN & MINERAL SUPPLEMENT ) for Birds, which is a stable, water soluble preparation of the required nutrients suited perfectly for New Zealand's conditions, and was developed to provide a basic nutritional insurance against any deficiency in the available feeds and soils.
Hopefully you will find these useful, we stock all of the above + much more, and if you can't find something we can usually point you in the right direction :D

Incidentally, we have used both Tylan & Tetravet, which are both widely used for CRD. as well as other things and just as effective as each other, however some find better results with the Tetravet and it is also a bit more economical to use, which is always a plus ;)
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