Help! Chickens have respitory infection!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickenlady313, Oct 2, 2014.

  1. chickenlady313

    chickenlady313 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 13, 2013
    Hi I need help! My chickens have a respitory infection where they cough and sneeze and their breathe smells bad. What can I use to treat it and where do I get the medicine?
  2. hammytammy

    hammytammy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2014
    Windsor NY
    what kind of a cough is it? is it like just one chirpy type?
    do they shake thier head? is thier mouth open? watery eyes?
    new chickens in flock?
    sorry so many questions, im learning too.
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Have you added any new birds recently? With the foul odor, it's possible that they have coryza, which sometimes is complicated by other diseases such as infectious bronchitis or MG. I would separate the sick chickens as far away as possible. Tylan 50 injectable, given orally or as a shot--1 ml daily for 5 days-- can be used to treat secondary infections or MG, and I would use Sulfadimethoxine or Sulmet in their water to treat for possible coryza. One cannot tell exactly what respiratory disease you are treating without testing by a local department of agriculture agent or the state vet if a necropsy is performed. Read this link about common respiratory diseases for more info:

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