Wheezing bird... NEED HELP

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Graey, May 4, 2011.

  1. Graey

    Graey New Egg

    Jan 29, 2011
    hello all,
    let me get right to it. i have a one year old hen who is wheezing with every breath, in hale and exhale is raspy... sounds like when you are processing a bird and there is breath left in them and it gets pushed out you know?? she has been stayin g in the coop mostly, will come out but not for long.... the climate here is not hot rarely over 50 degrees F... does any one know whats going on, any advise is very welcome... this is the first day i have noticed this happening.. help me save her
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

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  3. Celtic Chick

    Celtic Chick Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 7, 2011
    SE Wis
    Any other symptoms? You should isolate her from the rest of your birds in case she has anything contagious.
    Just guessing, but it could be infectious bronchitis? Put some Sav-A-Chik or other vitamin/electrolyte solution in her water. And make sure she is eating. If you suspect your chicken is not eating enough, try adding a little variety to her diet. Stir a small amount of warm water into her mash to make a paste or slurry.
    Or you could try some of these: yogurt, milk, cottage cheese, salad greens, cooked sweet potatoes or broccoli.
    Infectious Bronchitis:
    Incidence: common chicken ailment worldwide
    System/Organ affected: respiratory
    Symptoms: in birds of all ages: gasping, coughing, sneezing, wet eyes, nasal discharge.
    Cause: several strains of coronavirus that survive no more than one week off chickens and are easily destroyed by disinfectants. Will only infect chickens.
    Transmission: the most contagious poultry disease; spreads by contact with infected birds or their respiratory discharges. It can travel up to 1,000 yards in the air.
    Prevention: Good management. Avoid mixing birds from different sources. Vaccinate with strains of virus found locally.
    Treatment: electrolytes in drinking water. Keep birds warm and well fed and avoid overcrowding. Survivors are permanently immune, but can become carriers.
    Air Sac Disease:
    Incidence: common poultry ailment worldwide
    System/organ affected: respiratory
    symptoms: most common in young birds: coughing, nasal discharge, breathing difficulty, loss of appetite, rapid weight loss.
    Cause: bacteria
    Transmission: contact with infected birds, inhaling contaminated dust, to chicks through hatching of eggs.
    Prevention: avoid dusty litter, provide adequate ventilation, avoid birds getting cold and other forms of stress.
    Treatment: Keep birds warm and well fed with high protein food. Treatment with antibiotics is possible.
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  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Quote:You can try to treat with tylan50 injectable given orally. Use a syringe without a needle. Dosage is 1/2cc once a day for 7 days. Keep in mind that she will remain a carrier and that if it's a viral disease, antibiotics wont work.
  5. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010

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