Chronic Respiratory Disease
by mycoplasma gallisepticum
By Scott Shilala
December 30, 2001 The
a key phase in descriptions of Mycoplasma "They are found in humans,
many animal species, plants, and insects. In general, mycoplasmas
colonize mucosal surfaces and most species are non-invasive."
Mycoplasmal infections are easily treated with wide spectrum
antibiotics such as Tylan (which was specifically developed to combat
Mycoplasma Synovaie in Turkeys) and LS-50, if it is caught early.
are non-invasive. That means they exist inside an organism, but cause
no harm to the host. When the host is stressed, the mycoplasma will
start doing their thing.
a bird's lungs become irritated by its environment, BANG, Mycoplasma
causes CRD. You should CLEAN and TREAT.
off your flock will help nothing.
the "keeping" practices that started the problem are not corrected,
when you repopulate, you'll have the same problems. Mycoplasma
gallisepticum free flocks are in laying houses and broiler houses, and
high intensity raising facilities, not in backyards.
is my understanding after hours of reading about Mycoplasmal
infections; the methods are tried and tested right here. I hope someone
can add to this or straighten me out if I'm inaccurate.
you test your birds for Mycoplasmas, make sure you test yourself. You
have it. So does every tweety bird that flies over your property, and
most any other critter for miles around.
birds are coming down with respiratory problems, there's an underlying
environmental factor that's causing the outbreak. This time of year
(winter), it's likely coop conditions, as in poor air quality in the
can Tylan and Baytril till you're blue in the face, but if the
conditions aren't corrected, you'll do it again in a month or two. An
ounce of prevention is worth a pound of Tylan.
tip about MG infections... If they are intense or ongoing, MG will
destroy or severely damage a pullet's reproductive system.
If you have outbreak after outbreak, and can't find the root of the
problem, all the Tylan and Baytril in the world won't help. You'll end
up with an emaciated, poorly producing flock of birds.