help. is my chick okay?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bootscootn, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. bootscootn

    bootscootn Hatching

    Jul 29, 2013

    wondering if anyone can help me .... we hatched two bantams first of june. so, i guess they are 2 months old. i just noticed today that one of them is having very labored breathing. she opens her mouth and cranes her neck to breathe deeply about every 8-10 seconds. she is calm and closes her eyes. we had just put her in a different coop with a couple of other hens. her sister is doing just fine. any ideas???? Like · · 17 minutes ago
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    It could be a respiratory disease. Any sneezing, coughing, or nasal discharge? If so, or if these symptoms continue, I'd start her on antibiotics. Oxytetracycline, sold under names such as Terramycin, LA 200, Duramycin, or Tetroxy HCA-280 would be a good antibiotic to begin with. If this is is a respiratory disease caused by a bacteria, such as Chronic Respiratory Disease, the antibiotics should help. On the other hand, if it is a viral disease, like Infectious Bronchitis, the only thing you can do for her is give her electrolytes, probiotics, and vitamins.

    Another possibility is Gapeworm. This is more unlikely, though. If it is, treat it with SafeGuard or Valbazen dewormers.

    Could she have gotten poisoned by something, such as moldy feed? This might cause labored breathing/respiratory distress. Or, did the older hens jump on her or injure her? They could have damaged her air sacs or internally injured her by doing so.

    Keep us updated, and good luck!

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