Hi everyone, Take a look at this video of my poor lady...see what you think - its killing me that her breathing seems so labored (wait till end of video). She is a 10 month old light brahma hen here in Austin, TX who has been laying (small) eggs for the better part of 4 months now. About a month ago we began hearing (and catching her) crowing once or twice per day, a pretty sad effort all in all, but she's giving it all she's got. I know this isn't rare, it almost seems like a normal thing when there are no roosters in the flock. In the past week the crowing has gotten much more frequent (every 20 - 30 mins), and the past 2 days I've noticed it getting hoarse. Its often precluded by a short honk and head shake (sneeze?) I noticed yesterday when I held her that she was wheezing kind of like a dog squeak toy, quietly, but on every breath. Her crow has become more of a horrible sounding squeak, but she does it over and over now several times per hour. Towards the end of the day yesterday (100 F outside) I found her perched in the coop, tail drooping, with little color in her face. Picked her up and tried putting her down, she just kind of flopped over. Brought her in to the house (bathroom) last night for observation and to cool down, she crowed a couple times overnight but seemed to rest ok. Perked up in manner quite a bit, but still droopy tail and sorry excuse for a crow. She preens some, eats some, but isn't her usual self. Is sleeping on the porch now making dog toy sounds. Thanks to this forum, I'm pretty sure we're talking URI - so I'm giving 1 tablespoon Duramycin-10 per gallon of water to the entire flock To add insult to injury we are going to be out of town for the next 4 days (of course this happens right before vacation). I blended her up a concoction of treated water, blueberries, raw egg, and a bit of honey which she went beak first into...so thats good. Will do that once again this afternoon before I leave town. I have a friend coming by to mix the water daily while I'm away, but I'm wondering from those who have used Duramycin, how fast was the improvement? I know its a 7 day treatment, but I want to be ready to react if I get the call that she has declined over the next couple of days. I want to be able to give this friend some things to look for. Thank YOU! The requisite answers (if not addressed above): 4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms? Not yet. 5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. No 6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. New coop? Change of bedding to straw (from hay). Its been REALLY dry here, though. 7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. Layer pellets, water. A bit of bread (i know, i know) 8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. Normal, but small 10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet? Would like to avoid vet this early, but may need to go that route later. 12) Describe the housing/bedding in use Very well ventilated 12 x 4 coop in complete shade, 3 other hens - lots of roosting opportunities. Hens are free ranged most days, all day. Dry straw.