Sneezing/open mouth breathing/small, crunchy crop

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by hockeygirl56, Mar 16, 2015.

  1. hockeygirl56

    hockeygirl56 Chirping

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    I have a 4 year old BO that has been having some breathing issues. For about a week she's been sneezing, shaking/scratching her head, and open mouth breathing on exhale. It seems worse at night on the roost bar or if I pick her up. I can hear rattling in her chest. She is still active throughout the day and seems to be eating well. I started her on Tetracycline a few days ago. I've been monitoring her crop size since she seems to be getting skinnier, and it's always on the smaller side. Tonight I noticed her crop seemed hard, and when i squished it around, feels gritty. I'm guessing that's grit in there and a lack of food. She seems like she has a good appetite but maybe she's not ingesting as much as it seems she is. Does anyone have any suggestions other than the Tetracycline I have her on?
     
  2. hockeygirl56

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    Anyone have experience with this?
     
  3. hockeygirl56

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    Please anyone that can help? She refused scrambled eggs today so I know it's not looking good.
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

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    Crops can slow down when they are sick, but she also could have an impacted gizzard or crop. She sounds like she has a serious chronic respiratory disease such as MG, coryza, ILT, or others. Tylan 50 injectable can be given orally or by injection, and is probably better than tetracycline in the water. Dosage is 1 ml daily for 3-5 days. Check her crop in the morning after she has slept, because crops can be full of pellets or grain in the evening after eating all day.
     
  5. hockeygirl56

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    Is that dose ok for both oral and injectable? Won't hurt to give when she's been getting Tetracycline? Her crop has been feeling the same throughout the day. She has had bouts of sneezing and what could have been blood by her nostrils in the past, but never affected like this before. She's my lap chicken...I don't want to lose her :(
     
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    Blood from the nostrils or beak can be common in ILT, a viral respiratory disease. Antibiotics such as Tylan and tetracycline drugs may not affect a virus, but can help prevent secondary bacterial diseases. ILT can be a reportable illness in most areas, and your state vet may be avle to help you if you want to get the bird tested. With Tylan 50, I would give it orally for 5 days, or give it as an injection for. 3 days, but not more than 5.
     
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    If it were viral, would I be seeing other birds in my flock with symptoms too? Everyone else seems to be fine. Thanks for your help!
     
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    OP what was the outcome? I have a hen that is also sneezing on occasion, some head shaking after she sneezes, and the mouth breathing is definitely more pronounced if I pick her up. Hadn't noticed the crop, but will check when I go back out to put them in for the night. She's also on the small side anyway (a golden comet) but this morning she was one of the first ones out for breakfast, and keeps up with the group while they're out and about so no change in overall activity/eating. Thank you :)
     
  10. Artemis Moon

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    I'm having similar issues like @trista85
    I have a 3yr RIR doing the same thing. I haven't heard or seen any of the flock members having any of the same symptoms. Her crop this evening was small and gritty. When she sneezed, some food did come out but she did just ate right before it. She seems to be eating and drinking. No ocular or nasal dicharge. Comb and waddles are red. Hoping it's nothing serious.
     

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