Approach the diagnostic process with a clear sense of your hen's financial value to your operation. Although some services might be available free of charge through a land-grant extension office, the expense of some diagnostic tests and treatments can add up quickly. While it’s always worth your time and money to identify a bacterial or viral infection that could potentially impact more than one member of the flock, this might not be the case with a condition that only affects one hen.
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Thanks for your reply. I'm afraid the chook is not precious enough to me to spend a lot at the vets, but I was wondering if it would be worth trying anything that might cure or perhaps it is too late to treat the worms. The fact that she is currently the only one in the flock to be displaying symptoms makes me think it is not simply worms or paracites. Would it be worth treating with anything without taking to a vet?
Hi Dr Salkin,
Thanks for your recommendation of the antibiotic. I haven't bought any yet as haven't found distributor in uk, but will order from abroad I guess. Do you know where I might get some from in uk? Also, wondering if antibiotic will do anything if it is a virus or anaemia, but of course willing to give it a go.
The hen is still coming out first thing in morning to eat with all the others so she is not deteriorating too fast at the moment.
Agricultural merchant is kind of usual term. So I'm guessing you are in USA or Canada then. No accent clues by email
Is that antibiotic known by any other name?
Thanks again Debbie