Sick hen


In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 15, 2014
I have golden comet gurgles when she breathes don't seem sick eats drinks normal have given her shot of baytril put sulfer drugs from vet in water does not seem to get better separated from rest of chickens afraid she will make the rest sick what try next my kids love her she is like family pet


6 Years
Jul 24, 2013
Chances are, she has a respiratory disease. Other things in the envirorment, such as ammonia and dust, may also cause sneezing and gurgling, but if she's had it for a while, I would lean to a respiratory disease.

The unfortunate thing about most respiratory diseases is that they never really go away. Viral respiratory diseases can't be treated by antibiotics (this may explain why antibiotics didn't work for you). Even respiratory diseases caused by bacteria don't truly go away and can't really be treated. Respiratory diseases almost always make birds carriers, for life, and these birds may show symptoms in times of stress. They can also pass it on to other birds in the flock.

Your bird may eventually seem to get over this disease. But, it won't be gone and she may show it again at another point in her life. Your other birds have unfortunately probably been already exposed. They may or may not show symptoms, depending on their stress level and resistance.

Having a respiratory disease in the flock isn't a death sentence. Your birds can still live mostly normal lives, and they may get over it and never show symptoms again, even though they still carry it. You'll just have to be careful about bringing new birds in to the flock, as they will be exposed as well. You should maintain a closed flock, as in not selling these sick birds to anybody else, as that could introduce it into other flocks.

This could all be speculation; your bird may not actually have a respiratory disease. I just think that it is the most likely.

Here are some links on respiratory diseases in chickens:


Premium Feather Member
11 Years
Apr 3, 2011
southern Ohio
Check her crop first to make sure she doesn't have an impacted or sour crop. The crop (or crawl) should be empty and flat first thing in the morning before she eats. Coryza and MG are 2 respiratory diseases that may cause rales or gurgles. Does she stink or have a bad odor around her head that may indicate coryza? Tylan 50 injectable can be used either as an injection into the breast muscle or given orally 1 ml daily for 5 days, to treat symptoms of MG. Sulfa drugs such as suldimethoxine and sulmet can be used to treat coryza. All chickens in the flock may be carriers of this disease, though, so don't give away or sell birds, or hatching eggs.

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