Sneezing Chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Amber83, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. Amber83

    Amber83 Out Of The Brooder

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    A few months ago I adopted two RIR from a feed store that has since closed down (by animal control). There were a number of problems with them, but over a few months time, they've gotten back to full health. Now, one of them has started sneezing. I assumed it was allergies since one of my younger hens had been seen sneezing the day before and since then has stopped. The problem is that today she isn't acting like herself. She sounds stuffed up when she breathes, a little gargling sound. She's generally a social bird and aggressive when it comes to treats (pushing her way to the bowl, or stealing them from other birds). Today we cut up fruit and tossed it out to them. She walked over to us, stopping about 6 feet away and stood there. She made no effort to eat and even when the fruit was placed directly in front of her, she didn't touch it. I didn't think too much of it until I locked them up for the night. The two RIR perch on saw horses and only go to the coop when I physically put them in. Her sister was perched, but I couldn't find her. I then heard a strange gargling noise (this was when I realized she was doing it) and noticed her on the ground. She doesn't seem to have the strength to join her sister on the perch. Is this a respiratory issue? Could it be allergies?
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Sounds like a respiratory illness.
    Could be Mycoplasma G, Infectious Bronchitis or any one of a handful of contagious illnesses. Can you have her tested?
    Any other symptoms besides the gurgling and sneezing, any eye/nose discharge?
    Separate her so you can monitor her food/water intake and give supportive care.

    List of common illnesses in chickens:
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044

    POST #2 by Queen Misha is a good explanation of Respiratory Illnesses
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1112391/rooster-respiratory-problem-homeremedy-please
     
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  3. Amber83

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    Thank you so much! She hasn't had any discharge, the gurgling has lightened up a lot and her appetite has come back. It's looking good right now, but I will be taking her to be tested.
     
  4. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Having her tested is always best, that way you know what you are dealing with.
    I'm thinking since there is no discharges, etc., infectious bronchitis (IB) may be a better "fit" than MG.
    Even though IB is contagious, it is not a long lived disease such as MG which is for life. IB has it's own drawbacks impacting egg production, laying disorders, etc.
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/80/infectious-bronchitis-ib-egglayers/

    Post #2 & 4
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...2-weeks-what-is-wrong-with-them#post_16876342
     
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