Wheezing chicken, differential diagnosis

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by AdiosCowboy, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. AdiosCowboy

    AdiosCowboy Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a chicken that has been losing weight for almost a month now; she is eating, but not as much as my other two and lost weight gradually. Yesterday she began wheezing although otherwise acting completely normal. I took her to a vet this morning and she said it was probably worms in her lower respiratory tract so she gave her Ivermectin and will prescribe an antibiotic (TBD) that I can give her at home. However, I am still worried that it could be an infection since she didn't do labwork, but listened to the chickens lung sounds which were clear, and did a general physical inspection. Is it possible that an infection is still the problem and I should insist on blood tests or am I being a hypochondriac?
     
  2. AdiosCowboy

    AdiosCowboy Out Of The Brooder

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    Just got a call from the vet that she is having more trouble breathing and isn't eating or drinking. She got a shot of something to open her airway, but now she's being kept overnight and I'm increasingly worried that she won't make it. Does anyone have any idea why a seemingly healthy chicken would suddenly have trouble breathing and eating with no other symptoms (no sneezing, runny anything, open mouth breathing)?
     
  3. horsegal47

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    Did your chicken survive? We have 4 week old chicks with similar issues and cannot figure out how to treat them. The don't have the smell of Coryza. As a precaution we are using Duramycin in the water 3/4 tsp. per 32 oz. We've looked in their throats and don't see any of the red worms described in gape worm. We are at a total loss as to what to do to help these poor babies. They were hatched at home and live outdoors with mama hen and papa rooster and they seem fine.
     

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