Hi! I'm a total newbie to raising chicks, so I was thrilled when I found this site! I have three 2.5 week old chicks that seem to have a respiratory issue. They're sneezing/coughing, and seem a little wheezy. What can I do for them? Thanks for your help!
Young chick coughing and sneezing
Welcome to BYC. Where did the chicks come from? Some respiratory diseases can appear at this age if they have been exposed earlier or through hatching eggs. Make sure that there air circulation is good in the brooder, and that bedding is not too dusty. If your chicks are sick, this is not a good start to raising chickens, since most respiratory diseases make carriers of the whole flock, many times for life. Some diseases are caused by viruses, some by bacteria or mycoplasma which may respond to antibiotics such as Tylan or Oxytetracycline, and some are caused by mold fungus.
For only 3 chicks, you can use Tylan 50 injectable given orally, but I don't think TSC carries it. If you find it I can give you the dosage. The Tylan 200 is too strong for chicks. Tylan Powder for the water is expensive, and TSC probably does not carry that either. They should have oxytetracycline powder in the cattle section of medicines. . The dosage is 1 1/2 tablespoonsful per gallon of water if you use the brand below:
Edited by Eggcessive - 4/24/16 at 9:41am