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How long does it take a respiratory illness to travel amongst flock?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by StephanieD, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. StephanieD

    StephanieD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long does it take for an unidentified upper respiratory illness to travel from one bird to another?

    Days?
    Weeks?
    Months?

    I have one hen who died yesterday, she had been coughing for about 2 months. No one else is showing symptoms.
     
  2. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

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    Are you sure hers was a respiratory infection?
    A lot of these RIs show up in times of stress, so it could be that you have a bird that is infected, but it won't surface until the bird is under stress.
    Good luck to you and your birds and I hope noone else gets sick!
     
  3. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
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    I just noticed the "sneezies" going around about 10 days ago, first one hen then right on down the line with most of them within a day or two. I started putting vitamins in their water to boost their immune system to help them get over whatever was the problem. And I don't think it was just dusty late winter coop conditions as the sneezes sounded wet, not the dry kind. I noticed yesterday that there is far less sneezing, no one sounds as congested (there was never any discharge) and seem to be on the mend. Since I have never had sick chickens ever, I hope this is the end of it.
     

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