Difference Between Respiratory Infection Symptoms & Reaction to Dusty Environment

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by uzisuzuki, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. uzisuzuki

    uzisuzuki Songster

    Oct 30, 2014
    Recently, I had to move my flock of 5 (4 hens, 1 rooster) into our barn area because it finally decided to be winter here. With this move, my rooster has started to develop a runny nose and sneezes sometimes. These are the only two symptoms he has (no rattling in his breathing, no lethargy, no lack of appetite for food or water or the hens). This has only been going on since Christmas and their move into our incredibly dusty barn - in fact, the area we live is ALWAYS incredibly dusty, unless it's currently raining/snowing.

    My question is, how can you tell if sneezing/snotty nose is just a reaction to the increase in dust/dander from horses/alfalfa or if it's the beginning of an infection of some kind? I have ordered some antibiotics for respiratory problems just in case, but I obviously don't want to use them if I don't need to. I'm also currently searching for a vet in my area that takes care of poultry, but it's been a fruitless search thus far.

    Any suggestions/advice would be welcome (or if this is covered somewhere else on the site, a link would be great - my search fu is lacking lately).
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Antibiotics would only help anyway, if it were a bacterial or mycoplasma infection. Viruses such as infectious bronchitis, have to run their course over 4-5 weeks. Sneezing and runny nose could be symptoms of the dust, IB, or a mild strain of mycoplasma (MG.) A vet or local lab could test his nasal secretions or blood to rule out infection. Generally with IB, it will infect 100% of a flock pretty quickly, so if he is the only one affected, it may be dust or MG. Here is a good link to read that lists all the symptoms of various respiratory diseases where you can compare what you are seeing: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
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