Sick Chicken- Need Advice

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PurtyGertie, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. PurtyGertie

    PurtyGertie Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 20, 2015
    Coastal Georgia

    My EE, Babs, is unwell. She was laying in the run this morning, and did not come shooting out as she normally does, but had to be energetically coaxed. She is lethargic, and lays down given the chance. Very little appetite--- even scratch did not inspire her to eat more than a few pecks. Off and on, she is making a buzzing/humming sound while breathing, but it is not consistent. I have her warm in my garage with some electrolyte water in a dog carrier, but I'm unsure of what to do. Does anyone have experience with a a situation like this?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    How old is she, and have you added any new birds to your flock lately? Is she having any eye or nasal drainage? Does she cough or sneeze. Is the sound you hear like a rattle or a wheeze? Try giving her some egg, either raw mixed with some buttermilk or plain yogurt, or cooked and chopped. Make sure that she is taking the electrolyte water. If you think she is having a respiratory disease, continue to keep her warm and think about starting an antibiotic such as tetracycline or Tylan. Here is a good list of diseases and symptoms, and the most common respiratory diseases are infectious bronchitis, MG, coryza, ILT, and aspergillosis:

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