sneezing wheezing chicken

chickensuz

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Jan 11, 2019
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HI All,
We have a 1.5 year old Crested Cream Legbar hen named Meriweather. She has been sneezing for about 2 weeks. We took her to the local vet about 8 days ago because she was open mouth breathing. He gave her a shot of steroids, ivermectin wormer and a course of Tylosin antibiotics for her water. Well, she seemed to breathe easier for about 5 days and then the wheezing started back. The sneezing has picked up as well and it is like we are right back where we started. She is one of 12 hens, all around the same age. None of the others are exhibiting signs of illness. She has not laid an egg in about 2 weeks. She is eating and drinking, not lethargic. She sneezes but nothing gross comes out of her nose. She is gaping at times and some head shaking but not consistent. She was vaccinated for Merick's when she was a peep. Called Vet yesterday and he recommended another dose of steroids but that has not seemed to help (oral dexamethasone). We have had her in the house in isolation since the original visit. We let her out to run around the house but she misses her outdoor life. She and her sisters are all free range during the day with a nice airy coop at night. Anyone have any suggestions? We are really worried.
 

azygous

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One thing. If she's kept indoors, don't forget to supply her with grit. This is often overlooked when a chicken is in infirmary.

She's under the care of a vet so, I would follow the vet's advice, but you could ask if the antibiotic needs to be increased and extended.

Do regular crop check each morning to be on the safe side. Illness can slow down crop function and she doesn't need a crop disorder on top of her other misery. A full crop in the morning indicates a possible crop issue that needs to be treated.
 

Eggcessive

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She could have a virus that has to run it’s course and the antibiotics does not respond to. Infectious bronchitis virus symptoms can last a month or so, and it usually clears up without treatment. Secondary infections can occur, and there can be a reduction in laying or wrinkled or thin egg shells.
 

chickensuz

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Jan 11, 2019
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Buxton, NC
She has been back to the vet for xrays and more treatment. The vet is not an avian vet but has treated birds before. Looks at this point like we are going to lose her.
 
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