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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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I have young birds dying quicklydepressed, not eating

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hello i have young birds dying quickly
depressed, not eating cones turning white
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
there are more looking depressed with white combs listless, dying quickly
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner and I regret that I'm not allowed to correspond with customers by phone. Unfortunately, peracute (sudden) deaths as you've mentioned can indicate any number of illnesses or health issues in poultry. In avian medicine, there's rarely one cause of a condition, so we usually begin with a list of differential diagnoses and use lab tests, X-rays, and physical exams to differentiate one from another. With this in mind, your best course of action is to reach out to your county-extension poultry personnel or avian-oriented veterinarian (please see here: www.aav.org) for help in differentiating the various causes of what you're seeing. Veterinarians can perform a physical exam and run diagnostic tests, including X-rays, to distinguish between the various etiologies. Please consider bringing a newly dead bird that has been refrigerated (not frozen) - or a very sick bird to be sacrificed - to your county animal disease diagnostic laboratory for necropsy. How many birds are in your flock, please? It's best to approach the diagnostic process with a clear sense of these birds' financial value to your operation. Although some services such as your county animal disease diagnostic laboratory might be available free of charge through a county agency or land-grant extension office, the expense of some diagnostic tests and treatments can add up quickly. While it’s always worth your time and money to identify a bacterial or viral infection that could potentially impact more than one member of the flock, this might not be the case with a condition that only affects a small percentage of your flock. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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