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Respiratory Illness in Rooster, can I help him?

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Hello
My favourite rooster is wheezing this evening.
In the evening I put my roosters in our insulated garage in their very own crates, I immediately gave him Tetracycline added to water.
This is our first year with chickens and our first year breeding chickens. In our coop we installed 2 breeding pens. We added our rooster and hens into the breeding pens in March, they have not been out of the breeding pens, as I have other roosters.
During the winter we utilized the "deep litter" method using wood shavings. We are just coming into spring and I have not yet cleaned the coop out of the litter.
Every morning I go into the coop and I remove lumps of poop and turn over the litter. I add a bit of clean shavings on top. The kids have been into the pen a few times and dumped the water over, I remove as much of the wet shavings as possible and replace with clean shavings. The vents are open and if it is not too cold the door is open.
I believe this respiratory issue is possibly due to the litter, his pen I noticed did smell a bit like ammonia, but it has been raining and I haven't got to cleaning out the coop.
My question is, will the antibiotic powder help him recover, or will he die?
He has no swelling, no discharge, just wheezing and a muffled crow.
I plan to isolate him in his crate and feed him and give him the medicated water, by dropper if necessary.
Tonight he ate and had a drink, I gave him 3 syringe fulls of medicated water as well just to be sure he got some.
Is there anything else I can do?
The above pic is Charlie in his breeding pen, the below is what it looks like from the entrance.
I have added used feed bags to the fenced walls to provide privacy and to keep the other roosters from bothering the breeding rooster. I think this would also have a negative effect by containing the dust in that area.

Edited by Gooseluv - 4/23/16 at 5:55pm
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You need to figure out what it is exactly.is it the bird flu?Or Mg or Ms?There are many sites on them.https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwibmLC8k6bMAhUB5mMKHX_3COcQFggsMAM&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.merckvetmanual.com%2Fmvm%2Fpoultry%2Fmycoplasmosis%2Fmycoplasma_gallisepticum_infection_in_poultry.html&usg=AFQjCNFwsbCW7FOk4yGzruu_rrYFy9opPg&sig2=Cg3we5rJOBBclcziVsQLxg&bvm=bv.120551593,d.cGc Here is the site.

I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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If it is Mg there is no way to recover him.But there is no requirement to kill him.About 6 hens here have Mg and still live happy healthy sneezing lifes.People say that this disease spreads,but I think that's only when activated (The time the hens sick).My chickens recovered,and have never passed it on to any offspring,or anything.

I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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