I think our hen may be sick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by luv4paradise, Oct 17, 2015.

  1. luv4paradise

    luv4paradise Hatching

    Oct 8, 2015
    We have 5 hens, all around 4-5 months old and one of our little girls today doesn't look like she feels well. I wish I could post the video but she keeps raising her neck up and opening her mouth, kind of like taking a deep breath but she looks stressed and didn't flinch at all when I went to pick her up. Any suggestions ?

  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    She could be gasping, which can be a sign of a respiratory infection. Infectious bronchitis, MG, ILT, coryza, and aspergillosis are some of the common respiratory diseases in chickens that you can read about here: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044

    Make sure that your coop ventilation is good, that dust or ammonia odors are kept to a minimum, and keep the coop bedding clean and dry. Tylan 50 injectable is some times given orally or as an injection to treat bacterial respiratory infections, or to help prevent secondary infections. Dosage is 1/2-1 ml given ORALLY twice a day for 5 days.

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