20-week old pullet sneezing/gaping

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Wynette, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    I've been online for hours today, on BYC and on the 'net, looking for anything that might help me. I've been reading in my Chicken Health Handbook and can find nothing that seems to fit.

    My 14-week old pullet began sneezing about a week ago. Not often, just occasionally. I started watching her closely, and yesterday, decided to separate her and treat for respiratory illness with water soluble Tylan. When I separated her last night, once she settled, she ate what appeared to be quite a bit (she's on Flock Raiser). I did not see her drink. This morning, she seemed the same. After work tonight (24 hours after I separated her), I could see she had not eaten any more. She had only pooped twice in 10 hrs.; both of them were bright green (probably due to her not eating).

    She's gaping and sneezing, a loud/hard/squeaky sneeze. Probably every 5-10 minutes she sneezes. No watery eyes, no discharge from nose, no rattling/gurgling. I looked down her throat and could not see worms, and I do not freerange her.

    I mixed up some baby bird handfeeding formula, and was able to get about 1/3 of a cup into her. She is open-mouth breathing now, and I'm wondering if her nasal passages are inflamed or something, now allowing her to breathe? How I fed her was with a syringe, and I would wait until the end of her "gape" and then squirt some formula in. She was able to swallow it down without difficulty (mouth closed).

    I'm at a complete loss. Previous to this week, she's been extremely vigorous and, in fact, is quite a large bird for her age. I don't know if I should continue with the Tylan, or forego that and replace with electrolytes in water....I do have Avia Charge 2000, but since her water is treated with Tylan, I did not add it.

    This bird was given to me by a dear friend, and I don't want to lose her!! Any help would be most appreciated.

    Edited: I just went to check on her, and she's no longer stretching her neck out/gaping, but she's sitting on her roost with mouth open. I have no idea what to do for her...please help!
     
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  2. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have this happen alot with our chicks when it is rainy/humid. Its an upper respitory disease kinda like pneaumonia (sp?) in humans. Go to your local TSC or feed store and buy aureomycin. Put 1 tbsp. of powder per gallon of water. Vet Rx helps too, it works like Vicks Vapor Rub. Squirt one or two drops down her throat or rub some under her wings.
     
  3. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The water soluble Tylan will take a little longer to work than giving it in an injection would. Just hang in there. If you do have the Vetrx do as silkieluver suggested as it too will help her breathing.
     
  4. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't have vetrx, and I know you can only get it in a catalog.

    I don't believe this is due to humidity; it's been extremely dry here (in fact, we're considered to be in a drought right now).

    She is not eating or drinking; I am able to feed her baby bird handfeeding formula in a syringe, though - I think I will give her a few syringe fulls of the Tylan water a few times each day, in between feedings of formula...what are your thoughts on that?
     
  5. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Is her wing or both wings hanging down?
     
  6. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    I did notice that when I set her back down after her hand-feeding that she leaned to one side (to the right) and put her wing out for stability, but I dismissed it as me putting her down unevenly; what are your thoughts? Don't be shy!!! I need input!!!

    Edited: I should say that when she's just sitting on her little roost, no, her wings are held in.
     
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  7. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Is the book that you have by Gail Damerow?
     
  8. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes. I love the book! Only thing I can find in it that remotely resembles what I have is CRD, but she's not having any nasal discharge or runny eyes.
     
  9. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there a Tractor Supply store near you? Our local ones here handle the Vetrx.
     
  10. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    REALLY? Yes, I have a TSC locally. I'll go tomorrow - thanks for the heads up. I've never noticed it there before, but they recently opened a new store that's bigger than the last one, so maybe the do have it! Thank you! At the least, maybe that will help her with the sneezing!
     

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