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Concerned about one of my girls - sneezing, mouth breathing, "yelling"

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We're very new to our chicken flock, our hens are just about 6 months old, recently started laying.  Our Buff Orpington was breathing through her mouth more than the others recently, but it's been hot so we didn't worry.  Yesterday and today, she's been doing it a lot more, breathing sounds stressed, she makes sneezing noises more frequently and just started making a loud noise every so often.  Saw some milky white liquid pop out of her beak earlier today.  She seems to be eating and drinking like normal, but I want to see what I should be doing?  I've been doing some research but it seems like it could be SO many things.

 

The other two hens are acting normal, just impacting the one bird.

 

Thoughts?

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There are several common respiratory diseases in chickens that include infectious bronchitis, mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG or CRD,) coryza, infectious layryngotracheitis (ILT,) aspergillosis and others. Have you added any new birds lately? Here is a good link to read about those and their symptoms:  http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044

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Nope, no new birds.  Started with 3 at two days old and that's all we have.  Appreciate the link.  So guess I need to find a chicken vet nearby?

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There are several common respiratory diseases in chickens that include infectious bronchitis, mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG or CRD,) coryza, infectious layryngotracheitis (ILT,) aspergillosis and others. Have you added any new birds lately? Here is a good link to read about those and their symptoms:  http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044

Went through that link, nothing really sounds right.  She's not lethargic, no decrease in egg production, no goopy eyes, swelling, redness, etc.  Just sneezing and labored breathing...and the occasional "yell"

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Sounds a little like infectious bronchitis. Each of the diseases in the links can have mild or bad strains, so chickens may have a few or all of the symptoms. IB is the mildest and most common illness, is a virus, and if it is not complicated by secondary infections, some may never know their chickens are sick.

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Sounds a little like infectious bronchitis. Each of the diseases in the links can have mild or bad strains, so chickens may have a few or all of the symptoms. IB is the mildest and most common illness, is a virus, and if it is not complicated by secondary infections, some may never know their chickens are sick.

Hope that is the case, have an appointment with the vet tomorrow. She is our most consistent layer, gotta keep her happy!
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Sounds a little like infectious bronchitis. Each of the diseases in the links can have mild or bad strains, so chickens may have a few or all of the symptoms. IB is the mildest and most common illness, is a virus, and if it is not complicated by secondary infections, some may never know their chickens are sick.


I have this problem in my flock. I used to treat with antibiotics (to fight against secondary infection) and isolate them. These days i don't do anything but monitor them 3-4 times per day. I isolated one chicken a couple of weeks ago, but now i've decided against this - my theory being that the sooner all the flock gets a bout of IB, the sooner it will disappear (for some time at least). As long as they are healthy in every other respect and do their usual "chicken things" i do not worry.

 

CT

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As is often the case, simply making an appointment with a vet will immediately decrease the symptoms. Today she is still sneezing on occasion, but back to breathing with her mouth closed and none of the yelling crazy noise. Gonna stick with the vet appointment just in case, but already seeing improvements.
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So the vet thinks it could be anatomical, but suggested we try the antibiotics in case it's a minor infection. We have 3 hens, 2 are laying. Any way to just give that water soluble antibiotic to the one chicken with a dropper or something? Don't want to throw out all the eggs.

The two that lay have different color eggs so easy to tell them apart. Or is it best for them all to have the antibiotic in case it is contagious?
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