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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Dr Salkin, So I believe my chickens are having a flair up

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Hi Dr Salkin,
So I believe my chickens are having a flair up of their respiratory condition. I know they will be carriers for life and have never fully stop sneezing. But today a couple of them sound gurgly and their sneezes sound wetter. How much should I worry? Should I do anything like quarantine anybody? My only concern is if it's something different. Plus I hate to see them not feeling good. Thank you!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
It's always of concern because it's so difficult knowing if a simple sneeze can end up with your losing chickens or it'll just abate unaided. Quarantining seems unnecessary to me. Everybody's been exposed already. Just don't bring new ones onto your properly. It's reasonable to treat everybody with either tylosin or tetracycline in their water. Both are available in your local feed store. Tylosin (Elanco DC120 Tylan Soluble Powder) is dosed at 2.5 grams per 5 liters of water for 5-7 days. Tetracycline (Duramycin-10) is dosed for 10-14 days as per the label's instructions. Unfortunately, neither can eradicate the usual respiratory infectious agents. Aren't chickens fun?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No! And yes. It makes me sad. My boyfriend thinks we should cull them and start over. :(
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
That's not unreasonable but I understand how so many flocks are now pets rather than mere egg producers or meat. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
If we cull the flock, how do we go about disinfecting the run and how long should it air out before we can start over? The coop I know, it's more the grass and the rest of their space
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
You can purchase a disinfectant designed for coops at your local feed store. It's difficult to disinfect the range of free-range chickens. You would have to turn over all of the dirt to a depth of at least 6". Take a look at this excellent site: and make use of the links from this site as well.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Ruby. How is everything going?

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