Sick Bird - Strange Symptoms

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SB88, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. SB88

    SB88 New Egg

    Mar 9, 2016

    Hoping for some feedback on my seemingly sick chicken!

    For the past two weeks my Ameraucana hen (approx 1 year old) has been wheezing terribly. She wheezes all day and all night, and coughs every few minutes.

    The strangeness: She has NO discharge from eye or nose, nothing strange around her vent, is still laying daily eggs, is NOT droopy, lethargic or sickly in any way, and seems to be as happy and energetic as ever.

    I've got her separated from the other hens, and no one else seems to be exhibiting similar symptoms.

    Any input would be GREATLY appreciated!
  2. SilkieChickenLover336

    SilkieChickenLover336 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2011
    New Jersey
    Maybe she could have a small lung infection? If it's possible take her to the vet but if not just keep a really close eye on her and if it gets worse then seriously consider a vet for antibiotics. I hope this helps!
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi, here's a response i wrote a month or so back to another member experiencing similar problems. It's hardly a scholarly article but I hope that it may help a little...

    There are a number of schools of thought on what to do - I'm sure there may be others BTW
    1. Take your chicken to the vet and go from there
    2. Dose the whole flock with broad spectrum antibiotics or if you can get one that is for respiratory infections then all the better (they will not kill a virus, but can help stop secondary infections)
    3. Give the flock vitamins / electrolytes in their water to help give their immune system a boost and see how they go.

    Theres no reason not to begin on the vitamins ASAP.

    Some respiratory infections are only as harmful as humans getting a cold, others a lot more serious. Assuming your flock survive and get over the illness, bear in mind that they may be carriers of the illness for life and will pass it to new flock members. It would be unwise to sell or give any of your flock to other chicken keepers in the future.

    Its almost impossible to diagnose exactly what respiratory problem it is without a vet's expertise, but ultimately, the methods / options of dealing with them remain the same (sans vet)

    All the best
  4. chickenchic11

    chickenchic11 Out Of The Brooder

    May 28, 2015
    since the amuricana has been sick for two weeks I don't believe its a cold BUT it could just be asthma
  5. chickenchic11

    chickenchic11 Out Of The Brooder

    May 28, 2015
    strange that theres no discharge
  6. chickenchic11

    chickenchic11 Out Of The Brooder

    May 28, 2015
    do you have any pics?[​IMG]

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