hen has wheezing and sneezes, what do i do????????

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by playswithfowl, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. playswithfowl

    playswithfowl One Earth!

    Jun 18, 2007
    Bantam cochin, I'm guessing she's between 1-3yrs old( lays regularly)
    She sounds congested(sp?), and now I have noticed that she's sneezing, wheezing. I don't know how this happened. I feed a mix of layer crumble, 5-grain scratch, oyster shell and grit, in a ten pound feeder, plus water. I haven't seen any other signs, she acts pretty normal......I have no idea how to treat this. Is it a disease? Is it easy to cure?[​IMG]
    Thanks, AJ
  2. SloCrevs

    SloCrevs Songster

    Oct 21, 2007
    Central Coast, CA
    It's possible it's a severe cold. Does she have any mucous build up around her nostrils? If she does, that's probably it. The wheezing sounds like a respiratory problem, but if she's sneezing, they both get paired up when a cold is severe enough. Do you have any general liquid medication? I have something called "biochick", and it works miracles. I make a hot mash(similar to what I use for old horses) using corn scratch, lay crumbles, and mostly chick starter(it's more of a medicated treat...A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down! I mix all the solid food up, and pour in some hot water, enough to make it all nice and blended and sticky. Like a sticky oatmeal, not the liquidy kind, or you risk burning your birds w/ the hot water. I then add a bit of the meds in there, and mix it all up. I do this once a week with my birds in winter, and it keeps them in top condition(all my birds are show-birds). They love it and it's gone w/in 2 or 3 minutes. Good Luck!
  3. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    East Texas
    I'm curious. Who makes biochick and where can I get some to try?

  4. SloCrevs

    SloCrevs Songster

    Oct 21, 2007
    Central Coast, CA
    Honestly, off the top of my head, I don't know. It's outside right now in my supply cabinet. I'll check tomorrow and post it then. I know I got it at a feed store. It is actually a chick water supplement, but I use it for just about everything...lol. I find that if I keep things simple, it works a lot better. Like oh, you're not feeling well, here, have some medicated chick starter, look! You're Better!
    I've studied up on just about every chicken disease/infection/injury/poison/whatever I could find, Know most of my info by heart(planning to be a vet), but simple is best. So, as I said, I'll post it for you guys tomorrow.
  5. SandraChick

    SandraChick Songster

    In the meantime--for tonite...you can put vicks vapor rub (or other brand) in her armpits---when she tucks her head under her wing to sleep she'll get a nice "treatment"


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