Infectious Bronchitis Synonyms: IB, bronchitis, cold Species affected: Infectious bronchitis is a disease of chickens only. A similar disease occurs in bobwhite quail (quail bronchitis), but it is caused by a different virus. Clinical signs: The severity of infectious bronchitis infection is influenced by the age and immune status of the flock, by environmental conditions, and by the presence of other diseases. Feed and water consumption declines. Affected chickens will be chirping, with a watery discharge from the eyes and nostrils, and labored breathing with some gasping in young chickens. Breathing noises are more noticeable at night while the birds rest. Egg production drops dramatically. Production will recover in 5 or 6 weeks, but at a lower rate. The infectious bronchitis virus infects many tissues of the body, including the reproductive tract (see Table 1 ). Eggshells become rough and the egg white becomes watery. (See publication PS-24, Egg Quality, for other causes of poor egg quality.) Transmission: Infectious bronchitis is a very contagious poultry disease. It is spread by air, feed bags, infected dead birds, infected houses, and rodents. The virus can be egg-transmitted, however, affected embryos usually will not hatch. Treatment: There is no specific treatment for infectious bronchitis. Antibiotics for 3-5 days may aid in combating secondary bacterial infections. Raise the room temperature 5°F for brooding-age chickens until symptoms subside. Baby chicks can be encouraged to eat by using a warm, moist mash. Prevention: Establish and enforce a biosecurity program. Vaccinations are available. what if my chickens have this, is there anthing I can do?? a year and a half ago one of my hens got very sick, she stoped laying eggs, I thought she would die, but she lived. and latter when she started laying eggs again. they were always thin shelled. also she now lays once a WEEK if that! about a three month ago, my rooster stared the chirping, the watery eyes, labored breathing, and the gasping. a month later he died. now the hen that got sick in the begining seems not normal. her eggs are paper thin, she lays them like poop, and she stands around alot. We have a TON of chipmunks living under the coop. I am working on getting the rodents to leave. 1 Could they have this?? 2 what should I do? ( I love them dearly, and WILL NOT cull them) 3[can I save my birds. the other chickens I have seem fine. 4 we are in the middle of hatching chicks, should I get them vaccinated for this? and if so how? Thank you all so much.