Runny nose/Watery eyes/Stuffy breathing

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by samemerson17, Mar 30, 2017.

  1. samemerson17

    samemerson17 Just Hatched

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    Help! My 10 week old polish was having some trouble breathing, I looked at her nose and it was clogged with this dried yellow yolky stuff. Also i noticed her eyes were watery and bubbly. She seems a bit wobbly too. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    It sounds like she could have a respiratory infection. Does she have a bad odor? Can you make sure that the material in her nostrils is nasal secretions, and not food? I would clean her nostrils with saline or water and QTips. Toothpicks can be used gently with a drop of hydrogen peroxide on each nostril if the goo is hard to remove.Clean her eyes with saline. This could be mycoplasma (MG) or coryza, although other diseases may be possible. Where did this chicken come from? Tylan 50 injectable can be given 1/2 ml orally twice a day to help symtoms, or you could take her to a vet. Make sure that the air circulation overhead is good, and prevent ammonia odors from droppings, dust in the coop or feed, or mold from damp bedding. Here is some reading about the 2 diseases:
    Mycoplasma gallisepticum

    Synonyms: MG, chronic respiratory disease (CRD), infectious sinusitis, mycoplasmosis
    Species affected: chickens, turkeys, pigeons, ducks, peafowl, and passerine birds.
    Clinical signs: Clinical symptoms vary slightly between species. Infected adult chickens may show no outward signs if infection is uncomplicated. However, sticky, serous exudate from nostrils, foamy exudate in eyes, and swollen sinuses can occur, especially in broilers. The air sacs may become infected. Infected birds can develop respiratory rales and sneeze. Affected birds are often stunted and unthrifty (see Table 1).
    There are two forms of this disease in the turkey. With the "upper form" the birds have watery eyes and nostrils, the infraorbitals (just below the eye) become swollen, and the exudate becomes caseous and firm. The birds have respiratory rales and show unthriftiness.
    With the "lower form", infected turkeys develop airsacculitis. As with chickens, birds can show no outward signs if the infection is uncomplicated. Thus, the condition may go unnoticed until the birds are slaughtered and the typical legions are seen. Birds with airsacculitis are condemned.
    MG in chicken embryos can cause dwarfing, airsacculitis, and death.
    Transmission: MG can be spread to offspring through the egg. Most commercial breeding flocks, however, are MG-free. Introduction of infected replacement birds can introduce the disease to MG-negative flocks. MG can also be spread by using MG-contaminated equipment.
    Treatment: Outbreaks of MG can be controlled with the use of antibiotics. Erythromycin, tylosin, spectinomycin, and lincomycin all exhibit anti-mycoplasma activity and have given good results. Administration of most of these antibiotics can be by feed, water or injection. These are effective in reducing clinical disease. However, birds remain carriers for life.
    Prevention: Eradication is the best control of mycoplasma disease. The National Poultry Improvement Plan monitors all participating chicken and turkey breeder flocks.


    Infectious Coryza

    Synonyms: roup, cold, coryza
    Species affected: chickens, pheasants, and guinea fowl. Common in game chicken flocks.
    Clinical signs: Swelling around the face, foul smelling, thick, sticky discharge from the nostrils and eyes, labored breathing, and rales (rattles—an abnormal breathing sound) are common clinical signs. The eyelids are irritated and may stick together. The birds may have diarrhea and growing birds may become stunted (see Table 1).
    Mortality from coryza is usually low, but infections can decrease egg production and increase the incidence and/or severity of other diseases. Mortality can be as high as 50 percent, but is usually no more than 20 percent. The clinical disease can last from a few days to 2–3 months, depending on the virulence of the pathogen and the existence of other infections such as mycoplasmosis.
    Transmission: Coryza is primarily transmitted by direct bird-to-bird contact. This can be from infected birds brought into the flock as well as from birds which recover from the disease which remain carriers of the organism and may shed intermittently throughout their lives. Birds risk exposure at poultry shows, bird swaps, and live-bird sales. Inapparent infected adult birds added into a flock are a common source for outbreaks. Within a flock, inhalation of airborne respiratory droplets, and contamination of feed and/or water are common modes of spread.
    Treatment: Water soluble antibiotics or antibacterials can be used. Sulfadimethoxine (Albon[​IMG], Di-Methox[​IMG]) is the preferred treatment. If it is not available, or not effective, sulfamethazine (Sulfa-Max[​IMG], SulfaSure[​IMG]), erythromycin (gallimycin[​IMG]), or tetracycline (Aureomycin[​IMG]) can be used as alternative treatments. Sulfa drugs are not FDA approved for pullets older than 14 weeks of age or for commercial layer hens. While antibiotics can be effective in reducing clinical disease, they do not eliminate carrier birds.
    Prevention: Good management and sanitation are the best ways to avoid infectious coryza. Most outbreaks occur as a result of mixing flocks. All replacement birds on "coryza-endemic" farms should be vaccinated. The vaccine (Coryza-Vac) is administered subcutaneously (under the skin) on the back of the neck. Each chicken should be vaccinated four times, starting at 5 weeks of age with at least 4 weeks between injections. Vaccinate again at 10 months of age and twice yearly thereafter.
     
  3. samemerson17

    samemerson17 Just Hatched

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    Thank you so much! Its definitely not food. She does kinda have a bad odor. Not really though. Her butt seems like she has diarrhea.
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Chickens with respiratory infections can have diarrhea and may not drink enough water. Can you find the antibiotic or get her to see a vet? Have you had any other chickens with respiratory infections? Those tend to be infectious and spread by carriers.
     
  5. samemerson17

    samemerson17 Just Hatched

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    She is definitely drinking. She is with one other chick who also has a stuffy nose. I just ordered some medicine off Valley Vet. They both seem to be doing better... I ordered VetRX and Nutri-Drench. They are both themselves, one just has diarrhea and they both have runny noses.
     

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