So, what happened?
I hope it all ended well. But I gotta say, I've been looking for an answer to the same situation, and it's disappointing when people ask for help, get help, and never post again with the outcome.
I have a chicken who is doing the exact same thing. I too am panicked. She is one of 11 chickens and does this every now and then. I have picked her up and rubbed both nostrils thinking she had perhaps clogged one or both. I washed the outside of her beak, again hoping to dislodge any debris that might be causingng the problem. Opened her mouth but do not see anything blocking the airway. Nothing I have done has helped and she is clearly struggling. When it has happened before I have tried some of the same things but to no avail. She does not appear to be ill- no discharge, is eating etc. It is an episodic occurance.
Am worried that she will become so exhausted fighting to breathe that I will lose her.
Did you find any help out there??
I named my chicken Wheezy and now she isn't wheezing. I used a syringe to give her water, just a few cc's squirted down her throat. She had been breathing through her mouth so knew she had to be dehydrated. I would be very worried about olive oil as if she aspirates any oil it will really decrease her lungs ability to function well.
After examining the roof of her mouth for obstructions- did not see any, I used the syringe to force air into each nostril. I repeated this several times just out of panic- she was really struggling to breathe, her entire body was moving as she inhaled and exhaled. After water and forced air she was better. About two hours later when I checked her again she was wheezing - I repeated the water/air routine. In the AM she was fine and has been fine ever since. Not claiming cause and effect here, just sharing. Am so thankful that Wheezy isn't