Respiratory issues?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Hennyhandler, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. Hennyhandler

    Hennyhandler SilkieJax

    Jun 10, 2009
    I have two silkies that were quarantined because I had just bought them. I was having a problem with wasps in the area they were staying. I killed them with sevin dust but that left a lot of dust in the area. I cleaned up as much as I could. One was perfectly fine but this silkie developed a respiratory like problem. The roof of her mouth is swollen and when she breathes it sounds raspy. It had been white on the roof of her mouth and I think that is the dust that she was inhaling. I removed her from the area and she is in a temporary section now. She eats and drinks and does everything else fine. I think it was the dust in here. I gave her tylan for it. The white on the roof of her mouth is gone now but it is still swollen and her breathing is still raspy. I don't know how long it should take for me to see improvements. Any thoughts?

    ETA: To provide more information.
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2012
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I suppose if it were canker the white spots wouldn't just disappear???

    I have overdone it on the sevin dust in the past (it is not labeled for chickens anymore) and it took my chickens only about 24 hours to stop sneezing and coughing (and me too LOL).

    If it was from the sevin you should see a very fast improvement in my opinion. Keep those quarantined!!!!

    I would be very suspicious of a respiratory infection, myself. They can render a chicken an asymtomatic carrier. I would read about these carefully before adding them to the flock after your month of quarantine:

    I would not give Tylan if they are in quarantine. Let them become as ill as they will- so you know what diseases they have. You can mask a respiratory disease with Tylan. But they still will give the disease to other chickens.

    IF you have determined that there is a respiratory disease requiring Tylan, cull them, as in put them down. Unless the rest of your flock is similarly infected or you are willing to have a closed flock, no in, no out, no hatching eggs sold if it is one of those that passes from egg to chick.

    Seriously some folks put down their whole flocks and start over, and others give repeated antibiotics and keep a closed flock. It is a personal decision.

    I hope this helps, and I don't really have any idea what is wrong with your little chicken. I hope it is just the dust and no worries.
  3. Hennyhandler

    Hennyhandler SilkieJax

    Jun 10, 2009
    I looked at the link and none of them sound like it to me. There isn't anything else wrong with her except for her congested raspy sound. I thought MAYBE the infectious corzya. I have a question how are you to know if one of your birds is an asymptomatic carrier. I mean if they don't show signs of it then how would I know that they have something. Is it like THAT one bird would be but the other birds would outright show symptoms after being exposed to the bird?
    I really don't know what else to do when there isn't enough symptoms to go off of. I suppose I will wait and see. Thank you so much for your help by the way.
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    You are welcome! I really can't give advice to you other than keep them not much help here but someone else might chime in hopefully.

    Coryza makes their faces smell bad from what I have read- nasty smell. So I would think you would have noticed a smell if it were that but am not sure.

    There is no way to determine if a bird is an asymptomatic carrier, unfortunately, unless you can get a blood test (if they have one) or put another one of your hens in there to see if she gets ill. Or get a necropsy done. There may be another way that I am not aware of.

    I hope this helps and good luck with them.

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