sneeze or cough - do I treat all of them or just the one

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by angiew, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. angiew

    angiew In the Brooder

    Feb 4, 2010
    One of my beautiful chickens has developed this sort of cough or sneeze. I dont see any liquid coming from her nose or eyes and her crop is still nice and red. I bought some tetracycline to put in her water but I dont know if I should treat all my girls or just her. None of my other chickens show any sign of distress or cough/sneeze and they are all active and hungry. Thanks in advance for any advice. It is very welcome to all of us new chicks!

  2. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Songster

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    I wouldn't give her any antibiotics.

    Sometimes they make that noise because they have something caught in their mouth or throat - or because it's dusty or something. As long as it's dry and not constant, i wouldn't worry. If it's constant, i would take a look down her throat and investigate.

    I am also assuming that she is acting normal otherwise.
  3. angiew

    angiew In the Brooder

    Feb 4, 2010
    Thanks for your reply. I removed her from the chicken yard and put her in a smaller cage and noticed that she is also wheezing when she breathes. I got this chicken about 6 months ago, she was rescued from an abandoned farm (forclosure) so I dont know how old she is. Any words of wisdom on the wheezing?
  4. MotherJean

    MotherJean Songster

    Given where she came from, I might suspect gapeworm. If she were mine, I'd worm her. If she doesn't improve fairly quickly after that, I'd turn to antibiotics to treat possible respiratory disease.
  5. haTHOR

    haTHOR Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Near Asheville, NC
    ivermectin (eprinex) for gapeworm or piperazine (wazine)?

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