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Hen sneezing and wheezing

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by henney penny, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. henney penny

    henney penny Songster

    Nov 21, 2009
    Northern Maine
    I dusted my chickens two weeks ago with poultry dust and two of them started sneezing and wheezing a few days later.I did put vet rx on one of them that was the worst twice and it did seem to help but when I stop for a couple days she starts again.She is eating and drinking and seems fine other that the sneezing. Can anyone help me with what to do and will this pass.The other one only sneezes occasionally now
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Hopefully they just inhaled too much of the poultry dust. If it was DE or had DE in it, you should know that DE is very irritating to the respirator tract. It might be they would clear up with fresh air and getting rid of the dust in their area.
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    Are there any other symptoms, like coughing, swelling of the face, discharge from the nostrils, or heavy breathing? I doubt that the dusting two weeks ago has anything to do with your birds symptoms. I think that it could be a respiratory disease.

    Chronic Respiratory Disease is one possiblity. It moves slowly through a flock, sometimes causing almost no symptoms, other times causing many birds to be affected. Just in case this is the disease, I'd get Oxytetracycline (sold under names such as LA200, Tetroxy HCA-280, Duramycin, and Terramycin). Tylan50 or Tylan200 are other, stronger, antibiotics that can treat respiratory diseases.

    It is also possible that it is a virus-caused respiratory problem. If so, antibiotics won't cure the disease; they will only prevent secondary infections. All you can do is keep the chickens warm, well fed, and hydrated.

    Good luck, and hope this helps! Keep us updated!
  4. henney penny

    henney penny Songster

    Nov 21, 2009
    Northern Maine
    I used the duramycin-10 for 7 days and it worked,put her back in the flock last night,she was a happy camper to be back and took her usual place on the roost

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