Cough is spreading through my flock!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by quackydoodle, Aug 17, 2014.

  1. quackydoodle

    quackydoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I noticed yesterday my black copper marans making a rattling sound when he was breathing. He also had a crust around his nostrils. He's always (he's ~4 mo old now, I've had him for 2 mo) had a bit of a runny nose, so I didn't think too much of it. Tonight when I went out to tuck everybody in I noticed a weird sound coming from the coop. My youngest bird (an EE) had her head in the air, beak open, rasping for breath and occasionally sneezing. The marans seems slightly better than yesterday, and when I went out to check on them a 1/2 hour later, my EE seemed fine. No rasping. No wheezing. She did sneeze again, though. I don't know what's going on. It's pretty smokey here (wildfires), but I don't know if that bothers chickens. It's bad enough that I'm a bit congested and bothered by it, but I haven't even dipped into my allergy meds yet (I'll have to if it stays this smokey tomorrow), so I don't know if maybe a couple of the birds are sensitive to it, or if they're getting some respiratory thing. I will NOT take them to the vet (no $), but I would be crushed if I lost any birds.

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    Last edited: Aug 19, 2014
  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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  3. quackydoodle

    quackydoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I've searched a lot of different things, but this was spot on. There's so many possibilities, it's all aittke overwhelming for a first timer. I think for now I'll get them all dewormed (this is always my first course of action for my cats), and hopefully it will clear up. If not, I'll try an antibiotic. :/
     
  4. the chickflick

    the chickflick Out Of The Brooder

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    before you are able to actually give them any meds, put some apple cider vineger in their water, it odes no harm whatsoever and it helps against resparatory diseases. however, i still recommend you to try the meds aswell.
     

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