Newly acquired chickens breathing heavy - advice?

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  1. chickenwats

    chickenwats New Egg

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    Seeking advice as I am a newbie. I have brought home 3 new chickens and now one is breathing a little heavy and raspy. I presume she has a virus and it was brought out by stress Eyes clear,no nasal discharge, comb red, no external parasites, active-only symptom is the heavy breathing. All three are in quarantine and have not been introduced to my other hens.

    My question is, if she is treated for her respiratory virus and recovers - will she be a carrier and infect my others once she has no symptoms. Should I contact the person, I purchased them from? Is this common? The place I purchased them from was clean, lots of out door space so ventilation not an issue etc so I am not pointing fingers just don't know the protocol. Thx for the advice.
     
  2. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

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    Sounds like a respiratory illness ,,
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    By chance do you live in a hot climate. Sometimes this is brought on by heat/humidity.
    You say your chickens are breathing heavy- panting? Do they have lots of shade, cool clean water?
     
  4. chickenwats

    chickenwats New Egg

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    Nope,not hot. Today it was 12'C (aka 53 F). It is not panting or open mouth breathing but more of a raspy breathing (like a rattle) Her inhalation looks like it is a little more difficult (slighlty) compared to the other two that came with her. They are in the recommended quarantine - no draft shed, access to water, food etc.
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I think you should contact the seller, and ask her opinion and what you should do about it. You can also post symptoms etc. at "emergencies, diseases, injuries, cures," thread - more knowledgeable people monitor postings - hopefully they can help you out.
     
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I'm sorry your chicken is having breathing difficulties. Definitely post her symptoms on our Emergency section at https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures and let our experts there help you. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. I hope your chicken recovers. Good luck.
     
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Definitely post this in our emergency section. This could be several things from a respiratory ailment, gape worms, a heart condition and old age, egg binding, etc....All kinds of things can cause heavy breathing.

    Good luck and I hope you can get her healed up soon. [​IMG]
     
  8. chickenwats

    chickenwats New Egg

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    Thanks, have reposted in an more appropriate thread.
     
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Good luck with the hen.
     
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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