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I have two Norfolk black Turkey chicks being raised by a

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I have two Norfolk black Turkey chicks being raised by a buff Orpington hen. One chick is fine. The other has gummy sticky eyes, swollen face and sounds chesty. Her plumage has deteriorated and lost condition although she is eating well. The Orpington also sounds a little chesty although she has not lost condition. I wormed with vermx in their water a week ago.

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The two likely respiratory infections you're seeing are turkey coryza (Bordetella avium) or avian mycoplasmosis (infectious sinusitis of turkeys). The symptoms of one mimic the other. Antibiotics alleviate symptoms but can't cure the infection. Some recovered birds remain carriers. I would dose the affected chick and Orpington with tylosin (Tylan-50 in your local agricultural merchant store) at a dose of 40-60 mg/kg of body weight intramuscularly or you can give the same dose of the injectable solution directly into their beaks once daily for 5-7 days. Deaths aren't common.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for swift response. I will follow advice. Should I separate the sick chick and hen from currently healthy chick?

It's much too late for that, Jessica, and I'm going to ask you not to treat the healthy one unless it breaks with similar symptoms. If you have room to quarantine both your hen and the ill chick, please do so. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Update: turkey chick has improved, eyes clear and she has started eating. huge thanks

Thank you for the good update and your kind accept. I appreciate it.