If you will remember, I received 15 baby chickens back in October. Normally I have no problems raising baby chickens but this time around has been different. They are now about 5 weeks old. At about 3 weeks old I noticed one baby chicken had a wart on its eye (at least that is what I thought it was). Of course the chick had to scratch it until the eye was swollen and bleeding. When I transferred the chicks over to a new cage outside, I noticed the eye was a little better.
Well on Tuesday of this week I went to feed the baby chickens as usual and noticed there were more scratching their eyes and some looking runny. Now before I post these pictures be warned that they are not very pretty, so if you don’t like looking at sick animals turn the page!
As you can see by the pictures some of the infections are worse than the others but with the timing of how quickly it was spreading it would not be too long until they all were looking real bad.
I started doing a little research and found that Terramycin is an antibiotic for chickens and it was available at your local farm store. I called the friend who gave me the baby chickens to see how her baby chicken was doing. All was well with her and the bonus was she had Terramycin in powder form so my husband went by her house and picked some up.
We got the antibiotic home and after a thorough cleaning of their water jug, added the antibiotic. We are now on day 3 of the medicine and they are starting to look much better. My fear is that the baby chicken with the really bad case will lose sight in one eye. I have a few that their eyes were totally swollen and matted shut so it is a matter of time to find out if I waited too long.
I’m not sure what this disease is but it spread like wildfire. It seemed like overnight that it went from one to all. I think this is not uncommon when you are chicken raising and caring for baby chickens. Once one of your chickens gets sick definitely keep an eye out on the others for the same symptom. This is probably one of the biggest things I learned in keeping chickens.
Something else to note on giving your chickens antibiotics, a lot of people think that if they give their animals antibiotics regularly this will help keep them healthy. From what I read, giving the animals antibiotics for no illness reasons causes the animal to become resistant to the benefits of the antibiotics. Now I am not a veterinarian so I do not know if this is a fact but it makes sense to me.
Personally I have never given my chickens any kind of drugs. I have dusted them with sevin dust and dunked their legs in cooking oil but that is the extent of my veterinarian skills. I am also like that about my family. We go so infrequently to the doctor that I couldn’t tell you the last time I went. And if I have any say about in the future, my preference is to not go. (I’m sure God is laughing at me right now).
If your visiting right now and know what is wrong with my baby chickens and did something differently to cure them, please comment. The antibiotic seems to be working but I am open to other suggestions just in case.
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