does my bird have asthma?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Old Macdonald, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. Old Macdonald

    Old Macdonald New Egg

    Mar 15, 2012
    I have a bird that seems to be breathing funny. It is a 4 week old black barred PR. She lives with 5 other chicks in a brood box lined with pine shavings. they eat medicated crumbles and they get grit. They also get outside time since the weather here is amazing right now. She seems to always breath heavy and even has a soft chirping sound when she exhales. She has always been like this since I got them at the farm store. she eats, drinks and poops normal and even displays normal chicken behavior. all the other chicks have no issues. I assume that if it was a disease of some sort, it would have spread to the others by now. They have all been living together since I got them 4 weeks ago. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    I doubt she has asthma (it's just not that common), but heart problems are not unheard of in chickens and will lead to wet, heavy breathing. In the absence of any other symptoms in the flock I would say your BR has a congenital issue that will resolve on its own or eventually kill the bird. Not much you can do either way. Enjoy her while she's with you.

    Good luck.

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