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Respiratory infection?

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Hello I'm new to this forum, but I wanted to post because I think my chicken might have a respiratory infection. I am new to backyard chickens and I'm worried about her. She seemed fine yesterday, eating and drinking normally but when I went out to open the coop door this morning she didn't want to leave and she seemed listless, she was wheezing and her comb was droopy. I've been giving her some electrolyte water with a little bit of oregano oil, but since it's Fourth of July the feed store and the livestock vet are both closed. I've separated her from the rest of the flock, so she's inside out of the dust now. If anyone has any other suggestions or advice, I would greatly appreciate it. I also have a video of her behavior if anyone is interested. Thank you. - Chrissy
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If it is a respiratory ailment she will most likely be ok. Antibiotics are only going to prevent secondary infections. Seperation is important as is cleanliness and supportive care. Vitamins and electrolytesand probiotics when you can.
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Welcome to BYC. Wheezing can be one of the signs of a respiratory disease, such as MG, coryza, ILT, aspergillosis, and others. Some are caused by viruses, bacteria, mycoplasma, and fungus. It would be good to know what she has by comparing her symptoms, and getting her tested. Antibiotics such as Tylan, oxytetracycline, Gallimycin, and sulfa drugs are just some of the medicines commonly used to treat the bacterial or mycoplasmal diseases. Viruses have to run their course, but secondary infections can be common.

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@ccfrancis1215 what did happen to your chicken wheezing? I am having the same trouble with one of mine.
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