Respiratory questions HELP PLEASE

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by calsunchic, Sep 24, 2015.

  1. calsunchic

    calsunchic Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 10, 2015
    Alamo, CA
    I need help from all you experts deciphering the info on this site about respiratory illnesses. First here is my issue:
    I introduced 2 new birds to my 2 remaining birds and one of them sneezes every now and then and makes audible noise when breathing only sometimes. I have had them for 3 weeks. I have not treated any of my birds and have not quarantined. Could this just be how this chicken sounds and acts?
    Here are my questions:
    1 From what I have read, it seems like the bird will be a carrier and even if I quarantined when I first noticed the rest of the flock would have been exposed anyway. Is that true?
    2 it seems like most respiratory illnesses are severe and would be accompanied by other symptoms and would have progressed in 3 weeks to something more. Is that true?
    3 should I give antibiotics if there doesn't seem like any secondary bacterial infection is going on as of yet or should I wait for true , consistent wheezing, bubbly eyes, snotty nose/head shaking, lethargy? I am hesitant to give antibiotics in the water to all and lose the eggs from my 2 girls (the only ones laying at this point).
    4 once they get this do they have it off and on or is it like us when we get a cold in that it goes away and that's it (other than I know chickens shed the virus and can infect others that have not had the illness)?
    5How long do these things take to run their course within the bird and how long is the incubation for the other birds to show symptoms?
    My friend that gave them to me kept them both together and the other bird he gave me does not have any symptoms nor are my original 2 showing signs yet.
    Thank you so so much for any help
  2. lindalouly

    lindalouly Grd Ctrl 2 Major Tom

    I am a little different in my thinking for this. If it is something severe even with antibiotics they will be carriers. I don't treat for respiratory infections... Some snap out of it cause they can catch colds and others will just die. I know many on here will tell you to give antibiotics to the full flock. Hopefully someone will come on tell you their reasoning and you can decide what to do.
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  3. lindalouly

    lindalouly Grd Ctrl 2 Major Tom

    But I would isolate her until you decide...

    Also they do get stuff stuck in their noses and throats that can cause irritation... Just like when we get pepper up our noses... I wouldn't worry about the occasional sneeze.
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2015
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