Chicken Trouble Breathing

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Rhys Petersen, Oct 17, 2010.

  1. Rhys Petersen

    Rhys Petersen New Egg

    Aug 26, 2010
    I have a chicken that has been having trouble breathing she keeps raising her head to the sky and opening her mouth and breathing in. She is also smaller than my other chicken. She also appears to be a little slugish. I'm not sure what sort of medicine i should give her.

    Any help
    Thanks Very Much
  2. tstoikes

    tstoikes Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 29, 2009
    I have a little banty that has similar symptoms. I have had her for a few days on Duramycin and didn't see any major improvement. Which is surprising since a hen that I had came down with the same symptoms this spring and showed improvement in less than 48 hours. This little one seems to be wheezing less and sneezing more since I switched her to Sulmet yesterday. Her heart (I think she is a she - about 1 1/2 months old) apparently has stopped beating about 5 times in the last couple of days - she goes limp and has seized a couple of times. I've managed to bring her out of it. But they seem to occur when she is startled. I'm thinking the mucous gets into her windpipe and cuts off the air. I have tried to feed her Nutra - Drench (ended up wearing it - LOL) and plain yogurt - which after she flung it about she has decided she likes. I've been trying to pamper her by feeding her chick food and scratch as well as keeping her in a box with a heating pad. Don't know if any of this helps you - hope so.... Wheezy (as my co-workers call her) is sitting on my shoulder right now Good luck
  3. Rhys Petersen

    Rhys Petersen New Egg

    Aug 26, 2010
    Thanks a lot for your help. Just wondering where you bought both of the medicines you mentioned so i can get her on it right away.

    Thanks Again Much Appreciated
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:Is she yawning and shaking her head? (I'm just trying to check for gapeworm which does suffocate them.)
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2010
  5. PeakyBeaky

    PeakyBeaky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2010
    Bellefonte, PA
    That sounds like what my chicks did some....both died suddenly. 2 months old too. I hope yours does better. Were do we get medications?

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