breathing sounds gurgly (respiratory?)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chicken Nugget, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. Chicken Nugget

    Chicken Nugget In the Brooder

    Apr 23, 2008
    North Carolina
    We noticed today that my roughly five-month old cockerel isn't breathing well.

    It gets extremely hot and humid where we live, so all the chickens pant all the time. So it might have taken us longer to notice than usual.

    His panting didn't alarm us. What did alarm us is a gurgle sound when he breaths, like there is fluid in his lungs or something.

    Any ideas what this is (possible respiratory infection??) and what to do to treat it?
  2. 1WildHairL8tr

    1WildHairL8tr In the Brooder

    Nov 6, 2007
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Hi Nugget~
    I ran into this problem not too long ago.
    Try the "SEARCH" feature just above the forum menu and type in "respiratory problems" or "rattling" or something along those lines.
    You'll have so much to read and I know something will apply specifically to what your chicken is experiencing.
    For sure, the first thing to do while you start your research is to isolate the sick chicken and make sure he has food, vitamins, water and a clean, warm, quiet environment.
    Good luck!
  3. kellim

    kellim Songster

    Jun 19, 2008
    SC, GA Border
    Yep, make sure you isolate him now! I had a roo that had pneumonia and fortunatly got him isolated before all the others got sick. He is well now, but was VERY sick for several days. I am with Cathi, go to the search function and see what is there. There are SO many things it could be. Good Luck and sending get well wishes to the roo!
  4. Chicken Nugget

    Chicken Nugget In the Brooder

    Apr 23, 2008
    North Carolina
    I went to Tractor Supply and bought Terramycin soluble powder and also Advance Pro-Lyte Plus nutritional/energy supplement.

    I am trying to find something to isolate my cockerel in and will begin the antibiotics this evening.

    I'll give the vitamin/electrolytes to the others, too, to boost their system so maybe they won't catch whatever it is.

    Thanks for your help.

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