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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I have some silkies that have watery bubbly eyes and are

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I have some silkies that have watery bubbly eyes and are sneezing
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You're likely to be describing chicken coryza (Haemophilus paragallinarum) although avian mycoplasmosis can mimic those symptoms. Appropriate antibiotics may be effective in alleviating signs of disease but don't affect the carrier status. If just a few silkies are ill, tylosin (Tylan-50, e.g.) dosed at 20-30 mg/lb daily intramuscularly for 5-7 days (or the injectable solution can be given orally - directly into their beak) is reasonable. If you have more than few birds affected, tylosin powder can be administered in the drinking water at 2.5 grams/5 liters of drinking water for the 5-7 days. Alternatively, Duramycin-10 (tetracycline) can be administered in the drinking water at the dosage recommended on the label. Quarantining at this time isn't likely to be of value as all of your birds would have been exposed by now.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
They have had two shots of batrile but they aren't getting better, they have been sick for like 3 weeks, they haven't been with my other silkies, should I just put them down if they are going to be carriers of it?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

We're finding some mycoplasma resistant to Baytril in recent studies but since I would have expected them to have remissed by now even without being treated with an antibiotic, either their mycoplasma infections are quite severe and not likely to respond satisfactorily to any antibiotic or there may well be a secondary bacterial infection that is resistant to the Baytril. This is going to get expensive if culturing and treating is considered and so culling them isn't unreasonable. You're correct, they'll remain carriers and a risk to the rest of your birds.

Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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