Wheezing Hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by clarkechick, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. clarkechick

    clarkechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2011
    I figured I would post this even though I think my issue is resolved. Maybe it can help someone frantically searching for info like I was last weekend! I have a 2 year old Barred Rock (in my grand flock of two birds). Saturday morning I went out to the coop and she (Gertie) was wheezing terribly. Her chest was heaving and she was making noise with every inhale - opening her beak to try to take in the breath. I was extremely concerned. If I had 10 ladies this might have been a different story, but with only two I couldn't just cull one. I read what I could and went to the farm store and purchased the only antibiotic they offered - Duramycin-10 which is Tetracycline Hydrochloride. I had read about gape worms and wasn't sure if I should be deworming instead. I concluded that the worm is a much less likely cause of this issue and went antibiotic. I've been treating for 5 days and Gertie has now completely stopped wheezing. The severity reduced after 3 days and is now gone. I mixed the medicine with drinking water and for the first two days made sure she was getting some by squirting it down her throat with a syringe. Once she stopped wheezing with an open beak I couldn't figure out how to get her to open up for it so I quit :)

    I'm assuming it was a common respiratory infection. I live in Vermont. It is fall and we've recently had significant weather changes. I cleaned out the poop tray and replaced shavings in the coop. I let the girls free range as much as possible to get sun and fresh air. They seem to be in tip top shape now.

    Eggs must be destroyed for 2 weeks after completion of antibiotics which I will finish up after a 7 day stint. The girls aren't laying much now between their age and the dark season coming so it won't be a terrible waste!

    Good luck to anyone who is having this issue. They can get better!!
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    Its nice to hear of someone having success with Duramycin. If she has been ill, she probably isn't laying so withdrawal shouldn't be an issue. Thanks for sharing!

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