Hen wheezing? Help!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PandCo, Feb 1, 2017.

  1. PandCo

    PandCo Out Of The Brooder

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    My Buff Brahma is in the middle of a molt and today I noticed her wheezing as she breathes. She still is able to make her other noises such as when I pick her up but this wheezing seems to be constant.

    What can I do to help her? There have been no changes or additions to my flock so to can't be an infection from a newcomer. She's also eating and drinking just fine.

    Please help[​IMG]
     
  2. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Overrun With Chickens

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    Sorry for the late reply.

    How is she doing now?

    Molting can be stressful and lead to minor issues such as lack of appetite, a lowered immune system, and catching a chill so once the molt has passed they often perk up again.
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

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    Is there any nasal drainage, watery eyes, or sneezing? If there is only wheezing, there could be something in her throat like a piece of food, mucus, or her crop may be overly full and contents are coming up. It's been 3 days since you posted, so is she still doing this? Sorry for the late response, and good that GitaBooks answered.
     
  4. PandCo

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    It's definitely gotten better than it was in the course of a few days now, though she isn't talking much either so it's hard to tell if she's completely well. I had taken another close look at her after I posted and noticed she had been preening a lot of her feathers out near her throat/upper neck under her beak. So I'm thinking that the constant bending of her neck in a contortionist fashion put a strain on her voice box. Maybe.

    No noticeable drainage, everything is clear.

    What do you think?
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

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    Look at your coop conditions. Mold or wet spots, dust in the coop or dusty feed, poor overhead air circulation, or too hot of a coop can lead to respiratory issues. I would just keep an eye on her--you seem to be pretty observant.
     

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