labored breathing, tail pumps up and down

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lalaland, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. lalaland

    lalaland Overrun With Chickens

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    7-8 month old hen - has always shown minor signs of respitory distress - but I figured she was stressed by me as she is very skittish. treating her for scaly legs and putting vaseline on her legs causes her to breath hard and loudly. But now she has labored breathing - her whole neck/throat area goes in and out and her tail pumps up and down even when calm. laying just fine, eating just fine, but this sin't good. She is one of 4 pullets I got a few months ago - all of whom had bad leg mites. comb is looking a bit pale to me. clear eyes, normal poop, no nasal discharge.

    I did research respitory diseases - but has anyone had any success with treating this?

    I do admit coop is extremely dusty as I had raised a flock of 12 chicks there this summer so all that dust from growing feathers- when flock was slaughtered by a dog, I didn't clean it out. I will put everyone out this weekend and cllean it to get rid of the dust.

    Other hens and roosters are not showing any respitory distress.

    Any suggestions?
    thanks
     
  2. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Does she get better if she is out in the fresh air? I would serprate her from the rest of the flock. Offer her supportive care and see how she does.
     
  3. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    When did she last lay an egg? She could be egg bound.
     
  4. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:This is my thought. You need to check her vent area to see if there is an egg stuck. If so, you will need to carefully remove it (there are lots of threads on here on how to help out an egg bound hen) or she will die.
     
  5. lalaland

    lalaland Overrun With Chickens

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    well, she is laying daily,so thank goodness, I do't think she is eggbound.

    Strangely enough, I have come down with all the symptoms of histoplasmosis - when I spend an hour in the coop greasing up their legs with vetrx and bag balm, there is a fair amount of wing flapping, and the air is incredibly dusty =and right now I'm runing a high fever and coughing and feeling like crap.

    She is still breathing the same way- from my reading she might come out of this and still have chronic respiratory probs.
     
  6. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:Oh! I sure do hope not. You take care of yourself and feel better quickly.
     

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