of a sudden youn Orpington Rooster can't crow -choking sounds when eating

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Qi-Gong05, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. Qi-Gong05

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    My 12mo old Orpington Rooster,of a sudden,can't crow loudly(very muted crow)seems to blow back most of his feed when eating,but seems to be drinking ok.He's been doing this for app.2weeks.He is beginning to loose weight.I looked down his throat with a light but can't see anything.Can I run a soft piece of clear tubing(as in aquarium pump tubing)small down his throat to see if I can dislodge whatever is caught in there if anything?what else can I try before he gets to debilitated from lack of nutrition.
     
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    He could be suffering from a respiratory disease which could be a virus, a bacteria or mycoplasma, or even a fungus from mold. Something that is caught in the throat would probably cause stridor, a high pitched noise on inspiration, so I would not place a tube down his windpipe. Look around for dust, mold, or ammonia odors, or for poor coop ventilation that could be causing his problem. Antibiotics such as tylan 50, oxytetracycline, or Duramycin may help if it is caused by a disease such as MG. A viral disease would have to run it's course over a few weeks. Testing can be done to determine if there is a disease. Here is a link about respiratory diseases and for testing facilities: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
    http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/nahln/downloads/all_nahln_lab_list.pdf
     
  3. Qi-Gong05

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    thanks for info.I have 20 other orpingtons.they live outside free ranging.they do to shelter in the evening in a coop which is pretty open.none of the chickens are showing symptoms.
     

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