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I need treatment advice for a respiratory problem in my flock of chickens. I have a flock of 22 hens and 4 are sick with some type of respiratory issue. It started with one hen back in July and I just recently noticed similar symptoms in three others. The main symptom they have is a congested sound in their breathing. I can hear it when I hold them to my ear. One sneezes ocassionally without any nasal discharge. I don't know what I am dealing with or how to best treat it. If it is a respiratory disease would it take months for it to go through the flock? Could it be a fungal infection? Any advice on what I am dealing with or treatments would be appreciated. Thanks!

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It could be bacterial, viral, fungal, protozoal, environmental or nutritional. So without a real diagnosis, there's no way to tell how to treat. Some can take a long time to move through a flock. Many people jump the gun and use antibiotics. I don't recommend that.

What state are you in?

The most definitive option is to sacrifice a bird, sending it to the state poultry lab.

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/nahln/downloads/all_nahln_lab_list.pdf

 

In the meantime, the best you can do is clean the coop and improve ventilation.


Edited by ChickenCanoe - 10/17/15 at 10:35am

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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