Mystery respiratory problem

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by EverettGal, Oct 30, 2014.

  1. EverettGal

    EverettGal New Egg

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    Hello - this is my first post! I'm pretty new to raising chickens. For the most part, it's been pretty fun, but:

    I have a chicken that has respiratory issues.

    Facts:
    I've had her for 4 months and she's had it as long as i've had her.
    Symptoms are: raspy breathing, sneezing, shaking head, scratching head, gaping. Sometimes worse than other days - with the weather get colder and wetter, I seem to notice more sneezing.
    Her behavior has been fine - eating, drinking, laying, running around the yard like the other chickens.
    None of the other chickens seem to have it.
    I've had her on antibiotics twice (Duramycin -10 (sp?). Once for 7 days, once for 12 days with little to no change in symptoms.
    My coop is cedar -free and brand new.

    I'm not sure where to go from here. With the weather getting colder, I'm worried she's going to get worse.
    I have read many posts and threads here, but still haven't come up with a solid answer what to do - especially since the antibiotics didn't seem to work. I bought some Vet RX, but don't know what to do with it.
    I've been to my local feed stores, I've called the livestock advisory line (he told me my chicken had worms), and the vet reference listed for my area is actually my vet (who does not treat chickens). In short, I have no local resources and look forward to some online expertise!

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Have you ever seen bloody mucus from her nose or mouth? Respiratory disease make carriers of the whole flock, most of them for life. She could possibly have a disease from mold (aspergillosis) that has brought on secondary infections that keep recurring. Or she could have ILT, MG, or coryza that are chronic diseases that never go away. If you could get this bird tested (by a blood test or nasal swab) by contacting the state vet, I would do so to know what I was dealing with. Or if it were me, I would contact the state vet to get a necropsy done (and put the chicken down) to find the cause of disease. If she has been having all of these symptoms for 4 months she is miserable and suffering, so I would recommend putting her down whether you test or not. Here is a link for your state vet and a good link about the respiratory diseases with symptoms:
    http://www.usaha.org/Portals/6/StateAnimalHealthOfficials.pdf
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
     
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2014
  3. EverettGal

    EverettGal New Egg

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    "Welcome to BYC - kill your chicken." lol

    I was hoping for something a little more optimistic than that, but I guess if I've tried everything....

    I've never seen discharge of any kind, and she doesn't act miserable. She acts like all the other chickens 95% of the time.

    I'll look into the nasal swab idea.

    Thanks,
     
  4. familypendragon

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    familypendragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    In case the AAV link gives you fits or if you are on a phone here is what I pulled up for Washington



    27 Records Found Sort by Name | Group
    Rachel Bangert DVM MS
    Bellingham
    Washington
    98225
    United States

    Tracy Bennett DVM Dipl. ABVP
    Seattle
    Washington
    98103
    United States

    John Berry DVM
    Lynden
    Washington
    98264
    United States

    Cynthia R. Bishop
    Bothell
    Washington
    98012
    United States

    Jana M. Braun
    Woodinville
    Washington
    98072
    United States

    Sonnya L. Crawford DVM
    Montesano
    Washington
    98563
    United States

    Bridget A. Ferguson
    Kent
    Washington
    98042
    United States

    Michael Fuller
    Ellensburg
    Washington
    98926
    United States

    Michael Garner DVM
    Monroe
    Washington
    98272
    United States

    Bethany Groves
    Lynnwood
    Washington
    98087
    United States

    Kendal Harr DVM DACVP
    Mukilteo
    Washington
    98275
    United States

    John Huckabee
    Lynnwood
    Washington
    98087
    United States

    Brent Johnson DVM
    Everett
    Washington
    98208
    United States

    Elizabeth Kamaka
    Mountlake Terrace
    Washington
    98043
    United States

    Darrell K. Kraft DVM Dipl. AVBP
    Snowhomish
    Washington
    98296
    United States

    Jennifer Lawrence
    Puyallup
    Washington
    98373
    United States

    James Little DVM
    Bremerton
    Washington
    98312
    United States

    Marcie Logsdon
    Pullman
    Washington
    99164
    United States

    Adolf Maas
    Bothell
    Washington
    98041
    United States

    Alicia Mclaughlin
    Bothell
    Washington
    98011
    United States

    James Onorati
    Seattle
    Washington
    98198
    United States

    Deanna Shafar
    Lakewood
    Washington
    98499
    United States

    Bruce Singbeil
    Woodinwille
    Washington
    98077
    United States

    Malisha A. Small
    Longview
    Washington
    98632
    United States

    Amy A. Smith DVM
    Lacey
    Washington
    98512
    United States

    Liane Sperlich DVM
    Tacoma
    Washington
    98422
    United States

    Michael L. Widener DVM
    Olympia
    Washington
    98503
    United States
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    I'm always for doing what is best for the chicken. And I always recommend testing if possible because there are just so many possibilities in identifying a disease. In some states if you call the state vet's office, they will give you a ton of advice about what disease they are seeing more often. All state are concerned about avian influenza, and they may even send someone to test your birds for free, and just charge you a small fee for an MG or coryza test. Someone in New Hampshire just got her chickens tested for $1.50 a piece sine the state wanted to test hers for AI. I recommended culling and a necropsy since your chicken has been sick for 4 months. If you want to treat her instead, then get her tested, and medicate her with antibiotics. Tylan is better for MG and sulfa medications (sulfadimethoxine, Sulmet) are better for coryza in combination with Tylan. If it is mold and aspergillosis, the antibiotics won't cure her, but having a mold-free environment may stop further damage and prevent the secondary infections.
     

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