Help wheezing rooster

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by RogerTheChicken, Nov 30, 2014.

  1. RogerTheChicken

    RogerTheChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my buff orpington rooster started wheezing today when I went to let him out, he is about 8 months old now and he was my first chicken so I am very attached to him, their pen has been dusty today and yesterday because it has been very windy, and the weather has been cold one day and hot the next, not sure if that helps.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Dust, mold, and ammonia odor can really affect a chicken's breathing. Keeping temperatures not too warm, keeping a dry clean coop, and providing good overhead ventilation without direct drafts can help a lot in prevent respiratory diseases. Wheezing can be a sign of respiratory diseases such as mycoplasma (MG,) coryza, fowl cholera, and ILT especially if other symptoms are present. Fungal diseases such as aspergillosis can cause silent gasping, but usually doesn't cause wheezing or rattles unless there is a secondary bacterial disease. I would watch for any nasal or eye drainage or eye foam, chest rattles, or swelling around one eye or the face. Here is a good link to read about respiratory diseases and their symptoms: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
     
  3. RogerTheChicken

    RogerTheChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for your reply, should I give him vet rx?
     
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    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    I'm not a fan of Vet Rx since it is just some aromatic oils such as oregano, balsam pine oil, camphor, and rosemary. It won't cure a viral or bacterial infection. If you already have it, it won't hurt to use it, but it has about as much effectiveness as Vicks Salve. Some people use it but don't feel like it will do the same as an antibiotic drug. If you suspect a disease such as MG, then I would give him some Tylan or a tetracycline drug. Sulfadimethoxine or Sulmet are treatments for coryza. Viruses such as IB or ILT have to run their course, but antibiotics can help prevent secondary infections.
     
  5. RogerTheChicken

    RogerTheChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much gave him tylan and his wheezing is going away slowly
     
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