Sick hen

Ethanpg22

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I have a hen that has not moved much in 2 days she has not eaten anything she just stands around, she seems to have some mucus in her nose so it’s hard for her to breathe, she also started coughing and her eyes are very watery. I am still relitively new to chickens and have no idea what to do
 

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From your description it sounds like she has a respiratory illness.
Are you in the US?
Mycoplasma is fairly common respiratory disease. Symptoms are often treated with an antibiotic like Tylosin. Keep in mind that respiratory diseases can spread and birds are carriers of the disease.
Do you have any other birds that are not well? Sometimes culling a bird that is sick may be a better option - a lot depends on their purpose in your situation.

For the eyes, flush with saline and also clean the mucous from her nostrils. See that she's staying hydrated. Check to make sure her crop is emptying overnight.


https://www.jedds.com/shop/tylan-soluble-100-g/
 

Ethanpg22

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Aug 26, 2020
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From your description it sounds like she has a respiratory illness.
Are you in the US?
Mycoplasma is fairly common respiratory disease. Symptoms are often treated with an antibiotic like Tylosin. Keep in mind that respiratory diseases can spread and birds are carriers of the disease.
Do you have any other birds that are not well? Sometimes culling a bird that is sick may be a better option - a lot depends on their purpose in your situation.

For the eyes, flush with saline and also clean the mucous from her nostrils. See that she's staying hydrated. Check to make sure her crop is emptying overnight.


https://www.jedds.com/shop/tylan-soluble-100-g/
One of my friends is bringing by some medicine for her so hopefully that will help, thank you for your reply and hopefully she will get better
 

Myrshine

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I suggest getting your birds tested by your state poultry university veterinarian lab as they can give you a firm diagnosis (if you’re in the USA). I wouldn't treat a bird without a proper diagnosis. It really does sound like Mycoplasma Gallisepticum (MG, CRD) which is a chronic respiratory disease of poultry. Chickens that “recover” remain lifetime carriers of the disease. Symptoms may resurface within times of stress. Infected hens can spread the bacteria thru the egg to the offspring, making them sick and carriers as well. If you plan to breed, do not sell the offspring from your infected birds.
 

Ethanpg22

Chirping
Aug 26, 2020
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I suggest getting your birds tested by your state poultry university veterinarian lab as they can give you a firm diagnosis (if you’re in the USA). I wouldn't treat a bird without a proper diagnosis. It really does sound like Mycoplasma Gallisepticum (MG, CRD) which is a chronic respiratory disease of poultry. Chickens that “recover” remain lifetime carriers of the disease. Symptoms may resurface within times of stress. Infected hens can spread the bacteria thru the egg to the offspring, making them sick and carriers as well. If you plan to breed, do not sell the offspring from your infected birds.
I suggest getting your birds tested by your state poultry university veterinarian lab as they can give you a firm diagnosis (if you’re in the USA). I wouldn't treat a bird without a proper diagnosis. It really does sound like Mycoplasma Gallisepticum (MG, CRD) which is a chronic respiratory disease of poultry. Chickens that “recover” remain lifetime carriers of the disease. Symptoms may resurface within times of stress. Infected hens can spread the bacteria thru the egg to the offspring, making them sick and carriers as well. If you plan to breed, do not sell the offspring from your infected birds.
I suggest getting your birds tested by your state poultry university veterinarian lab as they can give you a firm diagnosis (if you’re in the USA). I wouldn't treat a bird without a proper diagnosis. It really does sound like Mycoplasma Gallisepticum (MG, CRD) which is a chronic respiratory disease of poultry. Chickens that “recover” remain lifetime carriers of the disease. Symptoms may resurface within times of stress. Infected hens can spread the bacteria thru the egg to the offspring, making them sick and carriers as well. If you plan to breed, do not sell the offspring from your infected birds.
i dont think that that’s what it is her eyes seem to be fine and she isn’t coughing anymore, she really just seems to have a lot of mucus
 

Myrshine

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i dont think that that’s what it is her eyes seem to be fine and she isn’t coughing anymore, she really just seems to have a lot of mucus
She doesn’t have to have bad eyes. Not all symptoms show and every birds shows them differently- like us.
 

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