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Chicken with a cough.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by EggNoob, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. EggNoob

    EggNoob Out Of The Brooder

    Have a Barred Rock hen. About 10 days ago, she developed a cough with occasional trace blood in the expectorate. Lungs had wheezing to auscultation. Some open mouth breathing. Isolated her in the house in a dog kennel. Have had her on tetracycline since day 2. She is eating okay, I hand medicate her with a syringe dripping the abx on her bill which she then swallows. ( she likes to cuddle, likes her neck scratched and sleeps on my chest) Feeding her all kinds of fresh greens, some fruits, as well as scratching grains. She dropped her first egg since the start of illness this morning. Here is my concern. The wheezing in her lungs are gone, but she still has the gurgle in the trachea. I have visually inspected and swabbed the throat and see no signs of Gape worms. She will occasionally do the open mouth breathing. She has a croupy sounding cough, but with some percussive therapy she will cough and swallow making me think it can move and she has considerably less gurgle right after. I am at a loss. She hates being cooped up, so I have resorted to tying a string to her leg and taking her walks in the garden. I am afraid to put her back in with the others when she still has this cough.
     
  2. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    Check articles on infectious Coryza.
    Or infectious bronchitus.
     
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  3. Clay Valley Farmer

    Clay Valley Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Even if you can get the cough to go away the chicken is likely to remain infectious for a very long period or possibly for life. Also it is likely to relaps durring periods of stress. The cours for coryza if that is what it is can go for 1-3 months.

    I wish it were as simple as getting a human cold.
     
  4. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    From what I've read, the coryza is a bad thing, but the bronchitus can be healed up with no lingering issues and shedding of the virus (if there is no secondary infection).

    I've been reading up due to paranoia because I have a pullet that has sneezed a few times. She otherwise acts normal, but had an unexplained death and another hen act like she had a siezure (or choked on a shaving - she's fine now).
     
  5. EggNoob

    EggNoob Out Of The Brooder

    Checked out a couple sites about coryza.. My hen does not have the Facial swelling, Purulent ocular and nasal discharge, Swollen wattles, or Sneezing.
    also was in with the other chickens for better than 24 hrs after symptom onset yet none of the others were infected. I am stumped at the duration. most I have read, she should be better or have died by now.
     
  6. MMPoultryFarms

    MMPoultryFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Removed post.
     
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  7. Clay Valley Farmer

    Clay Valley Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    bronchitus can be healed up with no lingering issues and shedding of the virus (if there is no secondary infection).

    I am not sure that is entirly true. IB Virus can be shed 20 weeks post recover and longer by some sources and can survive 2-3 months in litter. Also it can cause perminent dammage to reproductive organs which affect egg laying


    http://www.worldpoultry.net/background/early-ibv-protection-is-essential-in-parent-stock-7662.html

    ILT is another respritory disease that list coughing blood as a symptom.​
     
  8. RedRoosterFarm

    RedRoosterFarm **LOVE MY SERAMAS**

    I had cough and crud here plus blood in poop. I brought 2 to WSU for testing. I was going to put all down and am glad I did not. It was a comon cold and worms. Might treat with tylan 50 if he is not getting better. I had 6 sick and all got better except 1 still was weezing so I gave .35cc tylan injectable for 5 days and he is doing great. Hope for the best!
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