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Sick Chicken - can someone help?

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I have been reading and reading to try and figure out what is wrong with my hen.  She has a gurgling sound in her throat and then she makes this really sharp crow.  She is still laying and eating but she's not quite as happy as she usually was.  I have a video of her.  If someone could help I'd be so relieved. In the video she makes the crowing sound and then after two crows you can hear that gurgle.  Symptoms sound like respiratory infection or worms, but don't know which.  Thanks 

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Your hen is crowing; not all that unusual.  How old is the bird?  Nothing to worry about. And has she laid eggs?


Edited by nchls school - 10/21/15 at 1:32pm
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She has been laying for a little over a month now.  She never did that crowing until after she had been sneezing and then developed that gurgling sound in her throat.  It's as if she's trying to clear her throat.

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It looks to me like she has some sort of respiratory disease, such as ILT. Others are MG, coryza, and infectious bronchitis. Have you seen any bloody mucus from her nasal passages or her beak? Antibiotics won't treat viruses such as ILT, but they can help to prevent secondary infections or treat MG or coryza. Tylan or oxytetracycline are commonly used. Chickens with gapeworm can look a bit that way, but usually cannot eat or drink because of the breathing difficulty. Gapeworm is treated with either Safeguard liquid goat wormer 1/4 ml or cc per pound of weight for 3 consecutive days, or with levamisole. I am unsure of the doszage for that.
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Your hen is crowing; not all that unusual.  How old is the bird?  Nothing to worry about. And has she laid eggs?

After looking at the video again this morning, I may well be wrong in my assessment.  It does look like a hen crowing, but some of the sounds and movements don't really fit.  I have never seen this.  Good luck.

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Buy some vetrx. You can find these at tractor supply.
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After looking at the video again this morning, I may well be wrong in my assessment.  It does look like a hen crowing, but some of the sounds and movements don't really fit.  I have never seen this.  Good luck.

I agree with you. At first it looks like crowing, but then it looks like throat or tracheal irritation. Infectious laryngotracheitis or ILT causes so-called "pump handle respirations," but if there is no bloody mucus, I would suspect another disease or gapeworm. Here is a link about ILT and another about the common respiratory and other diseases:

http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/83/infectious-laryngotracheitis-ilt/

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044


Edited by Eggcessive - 10/22/15 at 10:07am
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