Chicken sounds congested

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BeaShap, Feb 18, 2019.

  1. BeaShap

    BeaShap Hatching

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    Hi all! We adopted several older hens (3-6 years) a few months ago. We quarantined them for a week before mixing them in with our others and had no problems. Everybody looks and acts perfectly healthy. But... about two days ago, I discovered that I could hear one hen breathing. It doesn't seem labored, but does sound a bit congested, fluid-y. Her eyes are bright, appetite and energy good. No mucus, nothing swollen, no other symptoms. Should I just wait and see? Bring her inside and treat her with antibiotics? I have Naxcel and Penicillin from a lamb I just rescued (he survived!). Can I/should I give her either of those? And if so, what's the dosage? Thank you so much for your help!
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Crowing

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    There are different things that can cause raspy breathing./ Wait and see for a couple days, but put her in a clean, warm situation. Then go from there. I know nothing of the antibiotics you have so can not comment.
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

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    Make sure that your coop ventilation is good, and prevent dust and mold. Too much heat can also increase chances of respiratory infections. In chickens the most common respiratory diseases are infectious bronchitis, MG, coryza, ILT, and aspergillosis. The antibiotics that you have are not that good for respiratory diseases. They are more for wounds or E.coli. Tylan 50 injectable is good for MG. I would watch her and wait on antibiotics. If she gets worse, try the Tylan, but give it orally. Dosage is 1/4 ml per pound 3 times a day for 3-5 days.
     
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  4. BeaShap

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    Thank you so much!
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

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    You’re welcome. If you have trouble finding an antibiotic let us know. You might also wan to make sure that her crop is not full and puffy early in morning before she eats or drinks. Sometimes a crop problem may may them sound rattly in the throat.
     

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