Is there such a thing as a mild respiratory disease?

MadHens

Chirping
7 Years
Apr 26, 2012
135
4
81
RI
I have six almost 3-week old chicks. The first 3 chicks I got via mailorder on May 1. There were actually 5 in that first batch but 2 died within 5 days of receiving them due to unknown causes; they just got lethargic and died. Two days after the second one died, I went to a local feed store and bought 3 more chicks (with the same hatch date as the first crew) and put them in the brooder with the remaining chicks. Thinking back, I probably should have kept these two groups separate for a while, but I was thinking integration would be easier because they were the same age. I wasn't thinking about the possibility of introducing outside diseases :( The only big difference between the two sets of birds is that the ones I got from a hatchery were vaccinated for Marecks, and the ones from the feed store were not. They are all eating medicated chick starter feed.

Six days after getting the new chicks, one of the new chicks seemed to be sneezing. The next day, she sounded kind of raspy and wheezy. You could almost hear a gurgly sound if you massaged her chest/crop area. The thing that has me confused is that although she had these symptoms, there was no discharge from her eyes, nose, or beak. Also, she continued to eat and drink normally, activity level was normal, and had normal poops. Someone suggested I give her and the rest of the crew Sulmet mixed in with the drinking water. I did that, and within 48 hours her symptoms disappeared. Unfortunately, another chick (from my first batch of chicks) started with the same symptoms not long after the first one cleared up. The chicks had been drinking the water with Sulmet for about 72 hours when the second one started getting sick (and they're all still on it; today is day 5 of antibiotics). The second chick is acting normally (except for the cold symptoms) too, and no discharge from eyes, nose, or beak.

My questions are

1). Most of the reading I've done about respiratory illnesses usually include symptoms of discharge from the eyes, nose, or beak, so what kind of respiratory illness do you think I'm dealing with?

2). Is Sulmet the best way to treat this, or should I use something else? The feed store where I bought the chicks from advised using Sulmet.

3). If this is day 5 of antibiotics, should I expect any of the others to get sick by now?

4). Another thing I've read with regard to respiratory illnesses is that even if a bird gets better, they'll always be a carrier of whatever it is that they had. Should I be concerned about this? We bought these chicks just so we could have our own supply of eggs. We will not have a rooster, and I am not interested in hatching eggs or selling chickens to other people. I am receiving another batch of chicks next month, but those chicks will be separated from the first crew for a while because they'll be six weeks apart in age.

Thanks for any info. you can provide.
 

Kabber

Hatching
7 Years
May 11, 2012
2
0
7
Hi..I have a chicken who has the exact same thing right now....gurgling/rattling noise, no discharge at all , eating and drinking fine....I started them all on antibiotics in their water tonight , so I'm hoping this will take care of it and they all are drinking the antibiotic water just in case it spreads. Looking forward to everyone's replies to your questions.
Thanks
Katherine
 

MadHens

Chirping
7 Years
Apr 26, 2012
135
4
81
RI
Hi..I have a chicken who has the exact same thing right now....gurgling/rattling noise, no discharge at all , eating and drinking fine....I started them all on antibiotics in their water tonight , so I'm hoping this will take care of it and they all are drinking the antibiotic water just in case it spreads. Looking forward to everyone's replies to your questions.
Thanks
Katherine

I'm curious as to which antibiotic you are using. Also, how old is your sick chick, and how long has it been having those symptoms?
 

jak2002003

Crowing
10 Years
Oct 24, 2009
3,143
1,255
376
Thailand
1). Most of the reading I've done about respiratory illnesses usually include symptoms of discharge from the eyes, nose, or beak, so what kind of respiratory illness do you think I'm dealing with?
2). Is Sulmet the best way to treat this, or should I use something else? The feed store where I bought the chicks from advised using Sulmet.
3). If this is day 5 of antibiotics, should I expect any of the others to get sick by now?
Yes they will remain carriers. It will not affect the birds, or the egg. BUT, if you add any new birds, they new birds will get the disease from yours! Then your ones can get the disease symptoms again, as the virus changes - like the common cold in us humans.
Thanks for any info. you can provide.
 

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