RE: [Just-Food-City-Chicken-Meetup-NYC] Our sweet Ameraucana has infected eyes. In need of a Vet

From: Maggie
Sent on: Monday, November 25, 2013 9:20 AM
Melina gave good advice. I have Dr. Brown's kit and it's great to keep on hand. I actually recently won another one on a list I am on and it's full of great meds and vitamins and instructions for the use of each item.etc. I believe it costs $25.00 + about $8.00 shipping.
Here is  direct link to the site  if anyone needs it.
 
 
Doc Brown is a really helpful man as well.

Maggie
 
 
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Subject: Re: [Just-Food-City-Chicken-Meetup-NYC] Our sweet Ameraucana
has infected eyes. In need of a Vet
From: Melina Brown <[address removed]>
Date: Mon, November 25,[masked]:06 am
To: [address removed]

You need sulmet for drinking water, mike. The two things to try are first sulmet in drinking water. If it doesnt work right away, like within 2 days, then tylan 50 injectible or orally if you are squeamish, which you can order or get at tractor supply. Mike you should carry sulmet. Check out first state vet supply online for some products that many pet food stores and feed stores are starting to carry.
This could be many things, but mostly it goes under the heading of crd. Be aware that not all avian vets know the common problems of backyard flocks. They are taught for the large poultry industry which never allows its birds outside. If someone has a vet that keeps chickens, thats a better way to spend money.
My questions , regardless of the vet ,are does she have swelling of the eyes? If you press lightly on the area under the eyes does anyrhing come from the nostrils? If so, what color?  Open her beak and look at the roof of her mouth . Is there white stuff there or phlegm? Look at the opening behind the tongue that opens and closes? Is there any white gunk there inside or around the opening? Also do you see any blood at all?
Does it smell in her mouth? Some infections smell a little but the worst one smells really bad.
The vet will likely give you baytril or something like tylan. Many expensive tests are pretty unnecessary but they will try to do them. Ask how the treatment will change with testing.
The state vet at cornell can advise you on many of these things but really there are a few common sicknesses and a few treatments. I am lucky that connecticut has a good lab and transport to necropsy chickens that die ( in order to save the flock because the others will get sick)
But i have also learned the meds that they try in turn.
Im interestdd to hear what the vet says.
Many of these sicknesses are highly contagious in the flock so isolate her to the crate and keep her warm. Also she may be a carrier if she survives, and this may recur. It will be in your flock. Thats why we cull sick birds.
The Animal med ctr is a great facility for many things but not for this. I hope that if you go there you set a budget in your mind beforehand. Much of what they do is just to know but it doesnt change treatment or outcome.
There is a vet on the upper west side in the 80s that serves Fauna which is a parrot store up there. They are an exotics vet. I just think that you are better off at a point calling peter brown at first state vet supply and overnighting the meds you need. He knows his stuff and has everything you might need..
Also check his preventative lines. He has a sick chicken kit that is good to have. I can also tell you what to keep on hand.
Let us know what happens but meantime isolate her and keep her warm.
I had a large breed chicken freeze to death the other night in myinsulated coop. Be sure to run an extension cord and light bulb to your coop when it gets very cold, especially sudden cold.
Never totally trust just the clamp but use a back up zip tie or carabiner to a separate secure eye hook or the like.
A heat light or a regular bulb will help.
Also premier1 online has the best safe fixtures for heat lamps. They are very safe.
I have the public schools where i teach teachers about hatching using them in the classrooms. They are great.
Good luck
Melina
South Bronx.  I just made an appointment with a Vet in the UES for tomorrow morning.  


On Sun, Nov 24, 2013 at 2:32 PM, Diane <[address removed]> wrote:
Where are you located?


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On Nov 24, 2013, at 2:30 PM, Kendra Brown <[address removed]> wrote:

Our school received five beautiful chickens this fall.  They are healthy and happy accept for our sweetest hen who has an eye infection.

The first eye had bubbles and seemed irritated.  We would occasional rinse the eye with water and it seemed to be getting better.  Now both eyes are irritated and this morning she would not come out of the coop to visit or eat.  This is not like her.  I think now she can't see.

I just purchased a crate and I'm willing to take her to a vet.  Any suggestions?  Help!  The kids love her and so do I.  She is the only one of our five hens that will eat corn right out of your hand.

Thank you in advance.




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