Help! Wheezing hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by whatchickens?, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. whatchickens?

    whatchickens? In the Brooder

    Sep 1, 2008
    I need help with a wheezing hen... she's been wheezing for over a week now and it seems her airway is closing off... I've seperated her from the other hens.... been giving her VetPx drops down her thoat... she no longer has any appetite.... try to give her some water with a dropper and it seems she can't even take that because of the closed airway.... it may be too late for this hen but is there anything else I can try?
  2. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    There is a lot of this going around alot lately. I've got a young pullet too, sort of doing the same thing here. [​IMG] I've been giving her baby vitamins right now. She hasn't really been right from the start either.
  3. peacockfarmer1

    peacockfarmer1 Songster

    Dec 11, 2010
    north MS
    i had some chickens that had infectus corza they weezed and sneezed like yours but ours eyes also swelled up
  4. rebel yell

    rebel yell Songster

    Jun 27, 2010
    Give them Tylan 50 injectable, oraly, a bantam about 1\\4 cc for about 5-7 days, it will clear it up.
  5. chickenpiedpiper

    chickenpiedpiper Songster

    Aug 4, 2008
    New Durham NH
    Tylan or the other water soluble antibiotics will clear up most upper respiratory pretty quick, but I recommend you do a bit of diagnostic investigation first. (remember tho, if a medication doesnt make a remarkable difference in 48 hours, it is the WRONG medicine)

    Check the eyes. If there is any eye involvement water soluble's generally wont work.

    Smell the chicken.... I know, this sounds wierd, but if you take a whiff around the chickens head, and smell something bad... well it isnt bad breath! That is infectious Coryza, and it is everywhere this year! I have so many people calling or emailing me with sneezy chickens! the only thing that will work on that, according to the books, and my vet, is sulfadimethoxine. Yes that spelling is correct. there is a variety of it for dogs, that is NOT the stuff you want. you are looking for the water soluble packet that is labeled for chickens.

    Works miracles, and the sneezing and swollen eyes are gone in days.

    Sadly. Once that bug is in your flock, unless you cull everyone, and sterilize and leave things empty for a while, you have got it for good. Nasty nasty infection. But it can be handled, and responsibly treated.

    So go give your girl a sniff, and keep your fingers crossed that she just smells like a chicken....

    Good Luck.

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