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Hello, I'm Dr. Bob. I'm sorry to read of your rooster and other birds' problems. Where is the mucus coming from, eyes, nose, mouth or all of the above?
Okay, thank you. Have you added any new birds to you flock in the past two months (I'm looking for a possible source of infection).
Thank you. Have you noticed a particularly putrid odor associated with the discharge?
Thank you. That signs is typically associated with a disease called infectious coryza. The causative bacteria, Haemophilus paragallinarum spreads rapidly through a flock through the uninfected birds coming into contact with infected birds and their discharges in dust, drinking water or food. Infectious coryza is best prevented by not combining birds of different ages from different sources, immediately separating and isolating infected birds, disinfection of coop furniture (drinking and food bowls, roosts, nesting boxes, etc. with one cup of Clorox per gallon warm water. If possible, leave the housing areas vacant for three weeks to allow the organisms to die off. The treatment is nursing care and an effective antibiotic like Gallimycin (erythromycin), Vetstrep (streptomycin), or sulfadimethoxine. These may be purchased at many farm or feed stores, but be sure to follow label instructions closely including withdrawal times for meat and eggs, if applicable. Unfortunately the most effective way to eliminate this disease is to cull affected birds since survivors, even those that never showed any symptoms, may serve as lifelong carriers of the infective organisms. I wish my answer was a happier one, but at least you know now what you're up against. You can google "infectious coryza in chickens" to read a number of detailed articles on the disease, or I'll be happy to answer any specific questions you might have. Kind regards, ***** *****
You're most welcome, let me know if I may be of any further assistance. Best regards, ***** *****