Respiratory Problems?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mike.kerr, Jul 10, 2012.

  1. mike.kerr

    mike.kerr New Egg

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    General Situation and questions -
    From some reading I believe that maybe two of my mature flock (rooster and 9 hens) may have either Infective Bronchitis or maybe Newcastle disease(s)? Raspy breathing and sometimes cough. Rooster not crowing as loud as previously.

    They range over 1/4 ac. grass/weeds during days and roost in hen house at night. On Purina Layer and whatever they catch. all seem very healthy even the older birds (rooster, 5 hens) which are 3-4 yrs old. They have almost totally stopped laying. The 4 younger hens were laying some this winter and spring. Not now.... We are having some slightly over normal central Texas summer heat, but not excessive (88-95) - lots of shade and water available. Might the stopping of laying be heat, age or Newcastle???? I am sure with my 5 old hens, age is the issue as 2-3 have died on me in recent months.

    I also have 8 young pullets, maybe 2 months old, now outside in hen yard days and roost with hens at night. Mix with them some early am and late eve when hens move into their yard. two of them also have raspy breathing. All are very active and healthy other than a few with the breathing issues. Pullets have been on Purina Medicated Starter and still are. It has coccidiostat Amprolium in it. On label has Amprolium...... I googled it and it is a coccidiostat. And some vitamins and thiamine in feed. Any med recommended?

    Never had wormed hens (half are 3-4 yrs old) but did put Wazine wormer in both group's water 2-3 weeks ago. Did again several days ago. Is that sufficient?
    Should I try to treat hens and young pullets? With what?

    Thanks for any help or advice! Mike
     
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    I recommend that you have a necropsy performed on your sickest bird to determine what you're dealing with, it sounds like there might be multiple issues going on. You can contact your local extension office or state department of agriculture and ask them how to go about doing this. Some states offer free testing as well as university vet medical schools.
     

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