Treating chicken with cold/flu symptoms?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cmorg, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. cmorg

    cmorg Hatching

    Aug 23, 2009
    I have a poland bantam hen who hasn't been looking too well for a while now, she doesn't move a lot, just stands around looking very lethargic. Doesn't care if you touch her but then again she always liked being given fuss anyway so that doesn't help. She has been kinda quiet like this for a few weeks now.

    She was out all day in the rain a few days ago and now it looks like she has a cold, she sounds like a bunged up person would every time she breathes, and she sneezes often.

    What can I do to help her? I don't want to goto the vet because he will charge a lot and he doesn't even know anything about chickens so he will just give her an antibiotic jab (like he always does for everything when I bring a chicken in).
  2. The Chickens' Maid

    The Chickens' Maid Songster

    May 2, 2009
  3. ich-knut

    ich-knut In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2009
    If she was my chicken I would give her aureomycin to prevent respiratory infection and keep her around heat lamp. Give her clean water, food with vitamin, and some yogurt. Every now and then I wipe off her nostrils with tissue. And then I'd pray that she will fight it off.
  4. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    you say she wasn't well before getting wet and chilled.
    it's obvious that now, she has a respiratory illness on top of whatever else might be going on.
    get some Tylan 50 injectable..and some syringes..
    you can get it at most farm/feed/livestock supply stores in the LIVESTOCK section.
    it isn't expensive and keeps well in the refrigerator for 1 year..check the expiration date.
    pm me for more instructions.
    in the meantime, put her in a safe warm draft free place. in the house if possible.
    it's important she is kept warm with food and water.

    what ALL do you feed them?
    has she been wormed? if so when? and what was used?
    has she been treated for mites?
    when did she last lay an egg?
    how old is she?
    is she able to stand and walk?
    what sort of bedding do you use? has it been changed and cleaned recently?
    describe her, and before she got wet..color and consistency.

    1...check the to do at roost should feel full.
    recheck in the morning before she should feel empty or flat.
    feel for any lump, doughy mass, or grainy feeling.
    or any sour odor.
    2...check the vent for an drainage..and check belly/vent area for any swelling or heat.
    3...check her leg joints for any heat or swelling, or raised scales or crust.
    check feet..including bottoms and between toes for any sores, scabs, raised lesions, or any heat or swelling.

    try and get some poultry vitamins.
    you can use Poly-vi-sol liquid baby vitamins, Enfamil brand if possible..NO IRON. give 2 drops on beak once a day.

    try and make up this mixture:
    the amounts are for 3 feedings for 1 day..give for 5 days along with usual layer feed.

    1 cooked egg yolk
    drizzle of honey (if you don't have honey, a little unsweetened or baby applesauce)
    2 tablespoons plain yogurt
    3-4 tablespoons of regular oatmeal

    hope this helps.
    will wait for your reply.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2009
  5. callen0912

    callen0912 Chirping

    Jan 31, 2015
    I realize this is an old reply but I am dealing with the same thing in a couple of my chickens and would like to privately talk with you if that's ok.

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