Help with respiratory problem!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BrickCoop15, Oct 17, 2015.

  1. BrickCoop15

    BrickCoop15 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2013
    I need treatment advice for a respiratory problem in my flock of chickens. I have a flock of 22 hens and 4 are sick with some type of respiratory issue. It started with one hen back in July and I just recently noticed similar symptoms in three others. The main symptom they have is a congested sound in their breathing. I can hear it when I hold them to my ear. One sneezes ocassionally without any nasal discharge. I don't know what I am dealing with or how to best treat it. If it is a respiratory disease would it take months for it to go through the flock? Could it be a fungal infection? Any advice on what I am dealing with or treatments would be appreciated. Thanks!
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    It could be bacterial, viral, fungal, protozoal, environmental or nutritional. So without a real diagnosis, there's no way to tell how to treat. Some can take a long time to move through a flock. Many people jump the gun and use antibiotics. I don't recommend that.
    What state are you in?
    The most definitive option is to sacrifice a bird, sending it to the state poultry lab.

    In the meantime, the best you can do is clean the coop and improve ventilation.
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2015

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