Can chickens get Asthma?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Rafa, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. Rafa

    Rafa Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 22, 2010
    Nottingham, England
    I noticed this morning that one of my chickens is breathing really loudly, in and out. I can hear her from as far away as about twelve feet! Shes acting and eating quite normally and is not gasping for breath. Shes a very timid little lady but I have got close enough to see that her eyes and nostrils are clear and she layed an egg this morning too! The only thing different I have noticed is that if the others go near her she will run away as for some reason they all seem to be picking on her today. Are they doing this because she is ill? Can chickens get asthma, she certainly sounds like an asthmatic. Many thanks for your views
  2. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    I've never heard of a chicken getting asthma, I do know chickens have a different respiratory systems than humans.

    My guess is that she might have a respiratory illness. I would definitely isolate/quarantine her from the others until you figure out what's going on, especially since the others are picking on her.

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