HELP !!! SICK HENS

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by justprism, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. justprism

    justprism New Egg

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    A few of my Hens have started making a snorting/spitting sound. Seems like something has infected my hens. Anyone have any idea what it could be? They snort/spit every few seconds or so. Please help, anyone !!
     
  2. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are they shaking their heads when they do this? If so it could be something respiratory...
     
  3. justprism

    justprism New Egg

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    Actually they are. What could cause the respiratory issue? I have a 10x15 chicken house that we just completed the end of summer. It's kept clean so what would cause the respiratory issue and is there anything I can do about it?
     
  4. justprism

    justprism New Egg

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    Is the anyone that can tell me what I can do to save my Hens?
     
  5. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    There are quite a few respiratory diseases chickens can come down with. Some can arrive from fairly long distances away, from other chicken flocks, carried by wild birds, etc. etc. Infectious bronchitis is common, so is laryngotracheitis. I don't even know if I spelled that one right but it causes them to have mucus plugs in their throats, making breathing difficult.

    If you Google poultry respiratory diseases you can get an idea of whats out there and try to match up the symptoms your birds are having. Although many of these diseases show such similar symptoms they can be very hard to diagnose without having labwork done, or a necropsy on any that die of it.

    Chickens generally need antibiotics when they come down with a respiratory disease because they so easily, and quickly, morph into pneumonia and secondary bacterial infections. Added warmth, especially at night, while they are sick also helps a lot.

    I've used Vet Rx, rubbed on their beaks, to help open breathing passages. You can also research Oxine AH. I swear by the stuff and I use it to fog coops with the birds inside, let them breath the mist. Just make sure you use it as is, do NOT use the activator as it will then not be safe to use around the birds.

    Good luck, hope this helps. It's so hard sometimes trying to figure out the problem and how to treat.
     
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2012

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