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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My 3 and a half week old chick has sour crop and has had

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My 3 and a half week old chick has sour crop and has had nothing but watery discharge f
(From both ends)? Started treating whole flock for cocci, but no improvement for Sassy. She is eating and drinking and active, but it's been five days without any normal poop. Please help, if you can offer any suggestions, I'd appreciate it.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

K, I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't have many avian vets on this site. Please tell me if you still need help.

Ideally, I would culture this chick's crop and cloaca, perform a fecal ova and parasite exam and then treat predicated upon which bacteria/yeast/parasites are found. I understand that this might not be financially practical when just one chick is affected. Because worms are rarely the cause of such clinical signs, I would presumptively treat this chick with a broad spectrum antimicrobic by injection or directly into its beak. Tylosin (Tylan-50) available in your local feed store can be dosed at 20 -30 mg/lb once daily intramuscularly or the injectable solution can be given orally directly into its beak for 5-7 consecutive days.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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