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Labored breathing and wheezing

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by loriesmall, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. loriesmall

    loriesmall In the Brooder

    Sep 15, 2012
    Palmer, AK
    My 6 week old Golden Laced Wyandotte is breathing heavy, wheezing and just laying with her mouth open a bit. I can not get her to eat and drink on her own. I dropped a little water in her mouth and she swallowed, but it seem to make it harder for her to breathe.
    We changed from the medicated chick feed to pullet feed this week.
    I'm fairly new to chicken raising and don't know what to do. Right now, she is separated from the other 11 chickmates.

  2. Colorado'sMamaHen

    Colorado'sMamaHen Chirping

    Jun 8, 2009
    So sorry your little girl is sick. I'm new too and in my experience, it is best if you give more information:

    1) What type of bird , age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others.)
    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Is she a chick that you got from a hatchery or from someone who had chickens? If she has a respiratory disease she will be infectious to your other birds, so it is good that you separated her. Have you started using anything new around your coop--herbs, leaves, or other things that could cause an allergic reaction? Other respiratory symptoms in chickens are swelling and discharge around the eye and coughing/sneezing/hiccup-sounding noises. She may need to be culled, but you might check to see if you can have a necropsy done on her by your local agriculture agency to find the cause of death.
  4. Angelpoo

    Angelpoo Chirping

    Oct 26, 2012
    Oh i love it when people have this question... Sad that the chicken is sick but happy because I have something that might just work. This could be pneumonia... I don't believe in antibiotics if its not nessisary and I can't garantee this will work but best of luck...

    1. Bring your chicken inside to keep it warm.
    2. Give warm water regularly
    - the body has to use energy to make the water you drink body temperature so I . use warm water so she can save her energy on getting better.
    2. Crush a clove of garlic
    - you can put it in water or if she eats it that's great!
    - garlic is used to get rid of fungus... Couldn't do any harm trying.
    - a whole clove in water half to eat
    - beware it smells horrible... Heehee
    3. Oranges
    -vitamin C
    4. Bananas (potassium)
    - potassium helps rebuild the lung tissue
    5. Mint
    - every other day I put mint in her water... You can also use tea.
    - tea should be decaf mint or peppermint tea... Will help her breath.

    I've been doing this with my lavender chicken and within a week her breathing is better :)

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  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop

    If she is on her side and breathing through her mouth, I'm afraid she might be dying. She needs to be inside and have access to a heat source that she can get away from if she gets too warm. She should have food and water in front of here so she doesn't have to move to eat/drink.
  6. loriesmall

    loriesmall In the Brooder

    Sep 15, 2012
    Palmer, AK
    She is not laying on her side. If I stand her up, she will remain standing, then she lays down. I have her inside now and noticed pink slime in white poop. Not red blood, but very pink clumps.
    She is about the same. Won't eat or drink on her own. I got Sulmet, mixed it up and put it in the other chickens water container. I drip it in her mouth and she swallows. She is inside in a warm quiet place and we drip some sulmet/water in her beak every 15-30 mins.
  7. Angelpoo

    Angelpoo Chirping

    Oct 26, 2012
    I would just like to say that my chicken started off just as bad... And that now she is much better... My chicken used to hold her mouth open as wide as she could for air and now only opens her mouth sometimes and eats and drinks on her own now and runs around untill she can't breath... Lol and comes back to me to go inside and warm up when she's done getting rid of her energy... Best if luck

    Never give up hope

  8. loriesmall

    loriesmall In the Brooder

    Sep 15, 2012
    Palmer, AK
    She is better! I can't believe it! Saturday she walked over and ate a little bit of her food and drank the water with Sulmet, but was still breathing a bit labored. We kept her inside and let her rest. Sunday she was perkier and we let her walk around the kitchen. She actually jump/flew up to the kitchen counter. No labored breathing and she also ate some rice. We left her in while we were in Anchorage for the day and put her back with her chickmates in the evening. She was so happy to see them and is acting perfect today. I am so happy!
  9. Smoochie

    Smoochie Songster

    Sep 18, 2012
    Glad to hear she is doing better. Sometimes the crop gets impacted and swells so much it cuts off the windpipe.
  10. dpahmiyer

    dpahmiyer Hatching

    Mar 28, 2017
    I have a chicken wheezing. I tried bread soaked in olive oil, don't feels hard crop, can't see worms, and not egg bound. I am giving a soluable antibiotic. This is second day with no improvement.

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