Wheezing rooster, what do I do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Zerinala, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. Zerinala

    Zerinala In the Brooder

    Oct 21, 2013
    Northern Victoria
    Hi, I am still extreemly new at this. I have found a home for my 6wk old roosters but have noticed just now that one is acting sick.

    I don't want to go giving anyone a sick rooster :(

    It is making a crackling sound in it's chest when it breathes and is walking around with it's eyes closed.

    Can I help him?

    Will the rest of my roosters have the same thing? none of the others seem unwell or are making the same noise.

    I can't give away a sick rooster, but should the others be ok?, don't want to do the wrong thing by the person that I'm giving them to.
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Is the brooder/housing dusty? Dust or high levels of ammonia can cause wheezing and other respiratory symptoms. Its also possible that he has a respiratory disease. I'd get some antibiotics, like Duramycin or Terramycin, and treat him. Give some electrolytes and vitamins as well, as they will help him recover. The antibiotics might not work, if the disease is viral, so if this is the case, you'll just have to wait for him to recover on his own.

    Isolate him from the other birds. Respiratory diseases are spread easily.

    It may not be a respiratory disease, and the other birds might not have it yet. So, in my opinion, you could still sell the other birds. But, if more of them get the disease, or if you are more certain that it is a respiratory disease, it wouldn't be a good idea to sell them.

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