Upper Respiratory Infections??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Smokey2201, Feb 17, 2015.

  1. Smokey2201

    Smokey2201 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had 4 silkie chicks and now down to 1. They had been having trouble breathing and would breath with their mouths open like they where gulping for air. Now the last one is still trying to gulp for air and his eyes are like glued shut! He won't open them! He is around 2 months old. I had to put my new 2 week old chicks in the same pen and now one of them is breathing with his mouth open! I don't want anymore to die! I am think that it some kind of upper respiratory infection. Does anyone know what this is or what to do to help them??
     
  2. cmlew99

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    Do you have a vet that you can take one of them to? They might be able to help diagnose and give your chicken medication for it. I went through a respiratory illness in December, though the symptoms don't match yours. But I do know how terrifying it is. I'm sorry I couldn't be more helpful!
    Here are some helpful links to check out...
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044

    This is a thread I started that might be helpful...
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/943218/fungal-respiratory-or-crd#post_14533315

    Definitely double check this, but many people recommend Tylan 50 injectable to fight respiratory illnesses. You can give it orally, or inject it. Hopefully someone will have more information on this.

    Here is another thread that tells you how to give Tylan 50 orally
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/943425/antibiotics-question
     
  3. Urban Flock

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    It sounds like it could be contagious. If there is any way to separate the ones that look fine then I would recommend that as well as try to get one to a vet.
     
  4. cmlew99

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  5. cmlew99

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    X2, definitely separate any chickens displaying symptoms, at this point it sounds like it is absolutely contagious.

    Another issue with gaping mouths is Gape Worm, could it be that?
     
  6. Smokey2201

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    Thanks you all! I will look at the websites and try to figure it out. I don't want anymore to die!
     
  7. cmlew99

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    How is your chicken?
     
  8. Smokey2201

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    Well the last one is still the same but he was in with my younger chicks and then one of my younger chicks got what he had and died. I think that it is Infectious Coryza.
     

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