I have 2 pullets and 1 cockrel who have been sneezing and wheezing for 2 weeks, but they seem fine in every other way. They are eating fine, drinking and have no other symptoms. None of the others have these symptoms,ive had them isolated for 2 weeks and have been giving them Colidal Silver, Yet the sneezing and wheezing continues. Was wondering if anyone has experience with this type of illness and what the end result was? Thanks for any help
Coughing and Wheezing but fine in every other way
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I have this same problem. Except it gets passed around by about 30 chickens! It sounds like someone sucking the last bit of their drink though a straw. Some have it worse than others. My chickens eye are also bubbly and filled with some weird white stuff. I hope someone helps us know what this is.
That sounds like Infections Bronchitis.
You can do a web search for it.
There is not treatment once then have it. But most chickens will get over it easily, but it can take a few weeks to clear up totally. They will usually stop laying eggs, or have thin shelled eggs, while they have this disease.
Then they recover they should go back to normal.
My chickens had this disease and they all recovered, even the worst ones that could hardly breath.
thanks for the replys. I was wondering Is it not better to have a chicken that has natural antibodies against these viruses? I mean if you take them to shows and have anyone visit you that has chickens you are risking that your flock will become ill sometime in the future? Im a novice at this back yard chicken raising so excuse my ignorance....
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I went through the same thing, and posted the whole ordeal about a month ago: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/667527/mycoplasma-gallisepticum-crd-respiratory-gurgling-rales-when-breathing-no-other-symptoms
The whole flock is back to normal and doing fine, I'm happy to say.
Edited by RedDrgn - 6/22/12 at 11:34am
If they are your pets, or you keep a backyard flock, then there is no need to kill them!
Yes they will remain carriers, but they will also be resistant to getting that disease again.
Since that disease is in your area, if you culled you birds, and got new ones.......the new ones would probably get they disease too.
Now you birds will have immunity and you won't have to worry about then getting that illness again.
People who show the birds must, of course, take the responsibility not to spread diseases about to other people chickens.
Actually, all my chickens recovered from infections bronchitis and I have even added new chickens and they never caught it. I did source my chickens from neighbours and local area, so probably they have resistance to diseases in my area.
All the chicks that hatched from my hens are all healthy too.
I am sometimes confused about the attitude people have with their birds. If they were dogs, cats parrots people would not be so quick to cull them if they are ill. I do understand the need to cull chickens if people are farming them or using them as a business.
Thank you all very helpful!! These chickens are for eggs and meat so i will keep them. 2 more of my Faverelle hens have started sneezing and one of the young RIR so i guess they will all come down with this sooner or later, i have returned the original 3 to the coop seems pointless to keep them apart. If they live great if not i guess we will have a funeral! Thanks again
Funeral, that's funny. We'll have a moment of silence here. Colloidal Silver, that's good, also put some apple cider vinegar, preferably with mother substance in it, the powder from one acidophilus capsule and juice from a clove of garlic in her water. Garlic is a natural antibiotic, acidophilus will build health bacteria, vinegar creates a healthy acidic pH balance and is recommended to be added to farm animals water, you don't need much.
I also like to use moldy bread. The first penicillin came from the mold on cantaloupe.
Hope things go well.