Wheezing Barred Rock

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by QuispamChiks, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. QuispamChiks

    QuispamChiks Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2011
    We have just isolated an 8 month Barred rock hen who hase been acting poorly lately, She has been just standing around, usually beside the water dish with her beak slightly open and gasping as she breathes in. seems to be wheezing and every so often will cough or sneeze.

    Obviously from what I have seen online here it appears to be a respiratory issue.Just not sure of the end result? many different diagnoses but not a lot of information on whether the infected bird survives.

    Looks like most information the medicine or treatment starts but then no follow-up

    As I take each item,
    8 mos old, normal weight, not losing weight over last week
    has been worse last two days, but noticed a slight cough about a week ago
    no limping, bleeding or broken parts, no obvious discharge -nasal
    none of the others are acting sick
    she breathes and stretches from her beak to her vent
    rear end shows runny poop, slightly yellowish
    Had been eating layer as well as scratch treats and kitchen leftover greens ( Strawberry, romaine lettce, watermelon rind etc)
    just noticed today does not seem to be eating,(18% Layer) but wlll drink from time to time
    have just isolated her so have to wait to see if she is stil laying
    will call a vet regarding antibiotics if I can find one familiar with avairy medicine (unless a good old fashioned remedy pops up)

    Thanks in advance
  2. QuispamChiks

    QuispamChiks Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2011
    As an update,

    Poor Barred rock died today, As a precaution we will keep a close eye on her coop-mates.

    A note to all who might read on about their chickens acting strangely, is it good to go with your gut, if you spend time and care for the birds you will know if something is wrong and if something is seriously wrong.

    In this example we knew it was serious and with such a quick turn-around in health (About a week) you should follow the advice usually seen on these threads, isolate the bird and care for their symptoms. Sometimes they will recover and as in this case, sometimes the unpleasant does happen.

    again BYC community even the search function is a great resource! Take advantage of it.
  3. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    So sorry you lost her....... It can happen so fast.
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Sorry for your loss. She may have had a compromised immune system to go so quick as she did. No telling unless you have a necropsy performed. Keep an eye on the rest of your birds in case it was a respiratory problem and try to nip it in the bud as quick as you can. You might want to check your birds for lice/mites, mites can bring a chicken down quickly. Also, consider purchasing some tylan 50 injectable in the cattle section at your feed store in case it was respiratory. Those types of diseases are contageous to other chickens.

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