Respiratory Illness in Hen

dolliebrown

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I bought a hen at an auction this weekend...and I found out after inspecting her that she is sick. She was coughing and sneezing at first, and then got worse...bubbles from her nose. I went to tractor supply and bought VetRx and have been using that for 3 days now. I see no improvement. She was wheezing really bad today, so I made her a homemade tea ( I use natural remedies) chamomile tea, with garlic, Himalayan sea salt, and VetRx mix. I've been cleaning her nose and q-tipping her pallet with Vet Rx and giving her clean, fresh water. She's eating and drinking fine, no diarrhea, is lively. How long will this last? Will she get better? Eventually I have to introduce her to the flock (3 other hens). Will she get them sick too even after her sickness is over? Thanks!
 

Eggcessive

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I would not introduce her, but I would consider putting her down. Respiratory diseases are extremely contagious, and can make all birds carriers. Coryza, MG, ILT, and infectious bronchitis are the common diseases. Antibiotics may help symptoms, but those diseases can be chronic and may return.
 

dolliebrown

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I had to cull one from my previous flock that was sick...it was not fun! Unfortunately, some wild creature ate all my chickens a week later leaving me to start over new (a new coop as well). So here I am back at square 1 with a sick chicken again that I just bought 3 days ago. Is there anything i can do other than putting her down? She is wheezy. Is it pretty certain she has a disease? Could she have something other than a disease that is causing her to sneeze/cough, wheeze?
 

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