Coughing / wheezing chicken - please help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by blkforestchick, May 1, 2017.

  1. blkforestchick

    blkforestchick In the Brooder

    Mar 7, 2017
    Black Forest, CO
    Hi all!

    We're still pretty new to chickens and have never seen or heard anything like this in our flock before. We've been trying to read and figure out what's up with our girl, big red, and we can't nail it down. Shes a red sex link about 10-11 months old. She's wheezing and coughing or sneezing. We've quarantined her and are currently giving her water with acv but don't know what else to give her or do. Links below to two videos of her wheezing and cough/sneezing...

    Thanks in advance for the help!

  2. CityKidChickens

    CityKidChickens In the Brooder

    Feb 15, 2016
    I think that it is fine. My friend's chickens and mine sneeze often as well. That actually looks like a respitory infection though. It is a very common thing with chickens. You might want to go to a vet. The sneezing is normal. A high pitched, quick noise. The coughing is weird though.
    Last edited: May 1, 2017
  3. LoveseedFarms

    LoveseedFarms Chirping

    Feb 27, 2017
    Try giving her some scrambled eggs,, it might help with the sneezing.
  4. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist Premium Member

    Mar 11, 2017
    South Park, Colorado, USA
    I had a chicken that started as a sneezing chicken. She didn't seem ill in any other way. She just sneezed, regularly. After about a week of this it progressed to full on wheezing all the time, and breathing with an open mouth, no visible discharge, still relatively active and behaving otherwise normally. It sounded almost like snoring. I could hear it from several feet away. I had been using ACV, garlic, and molasses in the water as well as oregano in the food. When she got worse despite this, I knew I needed to medicate. I was also afraid it would spread to the rest of my flock, they'd all been exposed. I got Tylan soluble from my local vet (I guess it used to be available from feed stores but now you need to go to the vet). After only 24 hours of the Tylan in the water the wheezing subsided substantially. It's now been 3 days and I haven't heard a sneeze from any of my hens. They are all eating and drinking normally. I am going to take her out of quarantine once a full week has passed. I did opt to medicate all of my chickens due to the fact that most respiratory illnesses are quite contagious and I know they'd all been exposed. Good luck. Don't give up hope. I thought for sure my little Dot wouldn't make it and she is just fine after only a few days; she even escaped her quarantine box while I was at work one day!

  5. Ameraucanas

    Ameraucanas Songster

    May 15, 2015
    Hello! I'm sorry to hear about your recent chicken troubles. No matter what it is, make sure to keep her quarantined until she is better. Make sure she has plenty of water and is not too cold nor too hot. Check in on her frequently, and if she gets any worse, try to take her to a vet. While it could possibly be Avian Influenza (low pathogenicity), I doubt it, unless there has been an outbreak nearby. Also, it might just be a little mucus in her throat, which is often normal but sometimes a sign of infection. If you want, you can give electrolytes in her water and provide supportive care. Good luck!
  6. blkforestchick

    blkforestchick In the Brooder

    Mar 7, 2017
    Black Forest, CO
    Thanks all! We go to the vet tomorrow!

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