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  • Joined Jan 2014
Pneumonia :-(
« on: March 02, 2015, 12:56:57 pm »
My flock seems to have been taken down with pnemonia...Gunky eys, wheezy breathing. We have lost four over the weekend. I am pumping them with antibiotics and sugar water but I am seriously concerned I will lose my whole flock...any tips? Anyone had any experience of this? As soon as I spot one with symptoms I am removing from the flock and treating, but so far only one is responding to ex battery!!!
Voss Electric Fence


  • Joined Sep 2012
  • Angus
Re: Pneumonia :-(
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2015, 01:30:06 pm »
What anti biotics are you giving them
pygmy goats, gsd, border collie, scots dumpys, cochins, araucanas, shetland ducks and geese,  marrans, and pea fowl in a pear tree.


  • Joined Dec 2011
  • Gascony, France
Re: Pneumonia :-(
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2015, 01:53:10 pm »
Sounds like a respiratory disease Princessnym. Have your flock been immunised for Infectious Bronchitis or Mycoplasma, both of which will sweep through a flock? Have you bought any new birds in within the last two weeks which have been immunised with live viruses for IB, ILT and Myco? The ex-batt will perhaps have been immunised for IB and ILT but maybe not Mycoplasma and that's why she is responding.

Myco is treated with Tylan in the drinking water or a single injection, but if it isn't caught quickly birds rapidly reach the point of no return.

We accidentally infected our flock with IB and ILT from hybrids bought in carrying the latest strains of live viruses and the vet prescribed Synulox. Two stressful weeks later and they had all recovered with no losses. Don't think it would have been the same if they had caught three viruses simultaneously, even the mild inoculation ones.

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Pneumonia :-(
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2015, 04:19:37 pm »
This is one of the reasons we no longer buy in birds.   Birds receiving a live vaccine will shed the disease when stressed, although they themselves won't succumb to it. 


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