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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:59 pm 
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I've had a run of sick hens lately...2 have died and 2 are still alive after medication. I took Chook no 3 to the vet and $450 later (and 3 weeks later) found out we have 3 respiratory diesases - Ort, CRD and Coryza. Recommended treatment is Doxycycline for 30 days at a cost of $180. Happy to go that way, just wondering if any one has had similar experiences or alternative treatments. We have 11 laying hens, 4 POL Plymouth Rocks, a handful of silkies and about 25 silkie chickens in the brooder. Can you get antibiotics anywhere else from the vet that might be cheaper?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 10:31 pm 
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Unfortunately no....not the ones that actually work...

It's definitely expensive to take birds to the vet for treatment, but if they are pets and you want to give them the best chance then that's the way it is. I take my birds to an avian vet too, like you, and just live with the cost. It's definitely saved some birds for me that I would've lost otherwise. And I always learn a lot. Sorry, slight digression there :)

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 7:21 pm 
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Some birds are almost irreplaceable. Especially in Show strains. A loss can set a breeding project back generations. If I can't fix a bird with my diagnosis and treatment then to the Vet it goes.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 8:02 pm 
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Ask your vet to give advice about a vaccination regime for your young birds to avoid them becoming ill too.

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