Sick hen need advice

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Tjjohn, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. Tjjohn

    Tjjohn New Egg

    Oct 12, 2015
    Chicken has been sneezing for a few weeks. Didn't think anything of it since all our chicks sneeze now and again. Went out to make sure all the chickens were in the coop one evening and noticed she can't breath laying down without gasping for air. Have started her on Tylan 50 but yet to see any results. How long does Tylan 50 take to start helping? Also, how would I know if possibly gape worm? Chicken still eats like normal and is active all day with chickens. Any help would be much appreciated.
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Firstly, i'd suggest you isolate the chicken. If its a viral respiratory issue then antibiotics will not work (but its good to give them as they help fight off secondary infections). I'd also put vitamins / electrolytes in her water also as this will help her immune system deal with a virus better.

    My flock as infectious bronchitis - but i know what it is, so i simply put vitamins in the whole flocks' water and let them deal with it - usually in a week or so they get over it. If your chicken has been sneezing for weeks, it could be something more sinister so maybe others can help with a diagnosis.

    I have no experience with gape worm, so i'll let others with more experience help on that one.

    Good luck
  3. lilypad

    lilypad Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2013

    I too have a sneezing chicken. She has been sneezing for a few months now. My flock has mycoplasma but Tylan and baytril didn't have any effect on this little chicken this time around. The bacteria may have become resistant and need a different antibiotic.
    I'm currently waiting for my vet to order some doxycyline injections which will hopefully do the job.

    I also worm with Flubenvet twice a year. I haven't experienced gapeworm myself but I've read if it is a bad infestation you may be able to see them down her throat.

    Hope shes feeling better soon [​IMG]

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