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What is wrong with my chicken?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickadee1000, Feb 8, 2016.

  1. chickadee1000

    chickadee1000 New Egg

    Feb 8, 2016
    Ok so today I was out with my chickens and one was like crying and sneezing so I did some research and we think it is respiratory disease or linfection will she die we treated it and stuff but Ifk she is one of are favorite birds help is it contracted grime bird to bird can I get sick??? Help
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us.

    Yep, respiratory sickness can spread from chicken to chicken (unless its caused by fungus or an allergy) and chances are by the time we notice the symptoms, they have been suffering from whatever it may be for some time.

    There are a number of schools of thought on what to do - I'm sure there may be others BTW
    1. Take your chicken to the vet and go from there
    2. Dose the whole flock with broad spectrum antibiotics or if you can get one that is for respiratory infections then all the better (they will not kill a virus, but can help stop secondary infections)
    3. Give the flock vitamins / electrolytes in their water to help give their immune system a boost and see how they go.

    Theres no reason not to begin on the vitamins ASAP.

    Some respiratory infections are only as harmful as humans getting a cold, others a lot more serious. Assuming your flock survive and get over the illness, bear in mind that they may be carriers of the illness for life and will pass it to new flock members. It would be unwise to sell or give any of your flock to other chicken keepers in the future.

    I'd suggest further reading on the subject as it can be complicated.

    All the best
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2016
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  3. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    CTKen answered very well. I just wanted to add that you are NOT LIKELY to catch what your chickens have. Nothing is ruled out though.
  4. chickadee1000

    chickadee1000 New Egg

    Feb 8, 2016
    And yesterday she was perfectly fine today she just started I was out with them all day yesterday and nothing
  5. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 7, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined the flock! CTKen has given you great advice. As for it spreading to you, don't count on it. There are not really that many disease chickens pass on to humans.
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Hope you enjoy Backyard chickens as much as we do.
  8. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

    Dec 12, 2013

    CTKen has given you great information, hope it helps.

    Good luck with your flock and if you have further questions, feel free to ask.
  9. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.

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