Chicken is Wheezing but seems perfectly fine

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Atlas, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. Atlas

    Atlas New Egg

    Nov 21, 2009
    I have this meat bird that broke is leg a few months back, I healed it all up and now he is fine, the only thing is he wheezes when he breathes, he is eating and drinking and seem normal except for the wheezing, is there anything I can do to stop the wheezing?

    He lives in my barn and can go outside free range when ever he feels like it, he lives with one other meat bird and a guinea hen, I have other chickens but these three hang out by themselves.

  2. The Chickens' Maid

    The Chickens' Maid Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Could he have an infection? How loud is the wheezing?
  3. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
    OK, so please don't shoot the messanger.

    Meat chickens legs start breaking cause they are to heavy and need to be processed! They don't live that long because of their rapid growth. that's why you process them at 6 weeks or so. It is probally weezing cause it is to heavy and can't substain the weight.

    Meat chickens are meant to eat not to keep as pets or for eggs because of this . Sorry please don't shoot me [​IMG]
  4. gretchenhau

    gretchenhau Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2008
    Lebanon Ohio
    Cluckie our Meat chicken free ranged and lived 3 years until the neighbors dog got her, no more neighbors dog, they gave The dog to their son with a fence. But cluckie laid and egg almost every day for the entire time, She wheezed when it was really hot , but she had a shaded space she hung out in. I miss her.
  5. Atlas

    Atlas New Egg

    Nov 21, 2009
    Lol that is not how he broke his leg, my horse stepped on him and when he tried to get away he broke it, and I had a meat bird live until a weasel got her, so he is fine, and he is a smaller bird and his legs are holding him fine, we also have another meat bird named General and because he is free range he has built strength in his legs and is also doing fine, trust me I have been raising meat birds for like 3-4 years. [​IMG]

    Now that I think of it, I think he only wheezes on hots days the other day he was not and he was cooler out. [​IMG]
  6. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    I've had the same problem with one of my hens (a mottled Java). We hear her weeze a bit when she is walking around the yard free-ranging. It's definitely not from heat since the highs range from 40-mid-60s. She doesn't do it all the time, but enough that DH and I notice it often. She's been like this for months and acts perfectly fine, so we chock it up to her inhaling sand or something when she free-ranges. [​IMG] We figure she acts fine, everyone else has been fine...I'm not gonna worry at this point (I watched her other symptoms for a while and it doesn't seem to be any illness...maybe allergies?).

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