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Chicken meowing softly, sneezing and wheezing.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Zinniah, Oct 9, 2015.

  1. Zinniah

    Zinniah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With Video! My hen was fine yesterday, this morning she is making noise that sounds like a soft meow from a cat, sneezing, and wheezing.
    She doesn't have any discharge from her nose or mouth, or any sores. Her nose does look dry though, like "crispy" dry.
    What could she possible have and what should I try to treat her with?

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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    She could be suffering from a virus, or from dust or mold in the environment. Look inside her mouth and throat with a flashlight in case of a large chunk of food or a foreign object is stuck. I would also make sure that her nostrils are open and not blocked by food or mucus. Make sure that the coop is not too warm, no wet spots in the bedding where mold could grow, and that there is good air circulation overhead of the chickens. Here is a good link about the common respiratory diseases, such as infectious bronchitis, MG, coryza, ILT, and aspergillosis: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
     
  3. Zinniah

    Zinniah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you I am going to read that after I'm done replying. There is a white fuzzy mold that grows on the ground, it grows on chicken feed that gets spilled, but I pick it up. Maybe that could be causing it? I will try to look down her throat, it isn't going to be easy, might take a while. Her mouth and the top part of her throat looks clear so far though. ALSO they started eating those cactus they are laying in yesterday! The have always been there, but for some reason the decided to start eating them, maybe that has something to with it.
     
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  4. Akrnaf2

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  5. Zinniah

    Zinniah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure I will check when I get home I'm shopping for medications at the feed store I have 5 other chickens that were also eating it though and the are fine though I suppose she could've eaten more I thought maybe she got a piece stuck
     
  6. Zinniah

    Zinniah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The pictures look nothing like the cactus the ate, you can see them laying by the cactus they ate in the video, it looks kinda like a cactus you could buy at the supermarket to eat.
     
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  7. Zinniah

    Zinniah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just touched the cactus and it has tiny 2-3mm long hair like thorns they are almost invisible . Maybe she has some in her mouth and throat... I'm going to remove the cactus I broke it and no white stuff came out. I also bought duramycin-10 tetracycline hydrochloride soluble powder I'm going to treat them with that just in case.
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  8. Akrnaf2

    Akrnaf2 The educated Rhino Premium Member

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    It is defently a cactus. Did you check her crop? To me she seems that she is gasping for air! It could be gape worm blocking her air ways!
    When did you dewormed here?
    Reed this link
    http://www.flytesofancy.co.uk/chickenhouses/Worming_Poultry.html
    I have used Mebendazole (vormex) 30 mg/kilo once a day for tree days.
     
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  9. Zinniah

    Zinniah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Her mouth is clear, she was dewormed with valbazen last month, i never seen any worms in their poo, but decided to worm them to be safe. I think the cactus thorns have injured her mouth/throat. I thought the cactus was harmless, its been there many years, and only now Ive noticed it has thorns :( i hope she gets better, i just checked on her and she hasn't gotten any worse, and actually seems to be doing okay, she isn't doing what she is doing in the video nearly as much, im going to get a better look at her throat right now
     
  10. Akrnaf2

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    Miss use of Antibiotics can cause a disruption of the chicken microflora. The antibiotics kills all the good beneficial microbes that keep the fungi ( which antibiotics do not affect) in this case the use of antibiotic can cause a yeast infection in the chicken crop and digestive tract! If you decide to give antibiotics makes hour to give here probiotics for 5 dates after the treatment.
     

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