Pullet making dry, wheezing sound

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by journey11, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. journey11

    journey11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just discovered one of my 14 girls seems to be sick. She is making a raspy, dry, wheezing noise similar to asthma wheezing in humans. No nasal discharge. She holds her beak open partly. I opened her beak and looked into her throat as far as I could. I saw no obvious obstruction, but there were a few flecks of dirt or something visible in her mouth and throat. I felt around her neck and crop, no palpable obstruction there either, although she didn't like me touching her neck.

    The sound she makes is quite audible. She is the only one making it. I did not note anything out of sorts yesterday. They haven't been outside the coop and run to free-range for two days, so if it is not a disease, then it would have to be something she got into in there.

    Does this sound familiar to anyone? I am going to isolate her for now until I can rule out some sort of respiratory disease. Is there anything else I should be doing for her?
     
  2. journey11

    journey11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, a few new symptoms...

    I believe I saw her shake her head a couple times, but she has not repeated it again.

    She has been rubbing her beak back and forth on the ground.

    I have not seen her drink any water yet, but I haven't been able to watch her constantly.

    I have not seen her eat either. She pecks at the grass and dirt, but is tossing it, not swallowing.

    The most prominent symptom now, other than the raspy breathing, is a distressed, drawn out cluck that she makes with her neck outstretched, sounds like AAAAAAAGK.

    She is acting very nervous and pacing around and hiding behind things.

    My best guess at this point would be gapeworm, particularly since my girls are allowed to free-range half of the day. I have dosed her with Ivermectin pour-on and put terramycin in her water.

    Any ideas? Anyone??
     

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