Wheezing With no other signs of illness

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Cereal, Sep 24, 2015.

  1. Cereal

    Cereal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 1-2 year old hen (no particular breed but of "normal" size) that has been wheezing for months. Not laying eggs but then again most of the clock is not L She has an appetite. She walks fine and hangs with the flock. I checked her throat for worms during the summer but saw nothing. I dusted her and checked for bugs. I have recently looked down her throat again but nothing unusual. She continues to just wheeze or breathe loudly . . . like she’s a smoker. Every once in a while she will “sneeze”. Is this a respiratory issue with no other systems?
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    I'm no expert, but it does sound like some kind of respiratory condition. My flock has a chronic respiratory illness, so when one of them shows symptoms (just like you have described), I used to isolate and give antibiotics (to help fight off secondary infections) but recently, as long as the chickens are otherwise healthy and doing "chicken things" I do not treat them with anything (but monitor them 2-3 times per day) and they seem to get over it. Guess its a bit like having the flu. Only thing is - its chronic, meaning that they are all carriers, and are likely to relapse into showing symptoms every now and again.

    Having said all that, it does seem a little concerning that your hen has exhibited the symptoms you mention for such a long time (in my flock the symptoms only seem to last for 4-5 days).

    Maybe another member with more experience could make some suggestions?

    All the best
    CT
     
  3. Cereal

    Cereal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would gapeworm have these signs ya think? I think its odd that it has lasted so long - several months
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Not really sure, but why not de-worm the whole flock? can't do any harm.
    CT
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Maybe it could be an allergy or fungal issue? What (if any) bedding do you use?
     
  6. Cereal

    Cereal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hen has been breathing this way for several months and someone at the Farms store said it may have to do with the amount of smoke we experienced this summer - we had fires all around us so it seemed like a possibility even though the farm store people may not know. So I have kept an eye on her. Making sure she eats and drinks and not thin. Her bedding is straw and pine chips sort of alternating. The hen house is pretty dusty so I probably need to "dust" prior to winter. I dust and/or spray their beds regularly but a portion of them have mites/lice or what ever bug so I am sure those bugs are taking their toll.

    They free range and are out with other sweetie birds so I cannot irradiate the bugs altogether unless someone can tell me how. I am trying to de-worm with hot peppers :) I also use vinegar in their water and tried using garlic in their water but I am pretty sure they did not like it. I am trying a variety of things, not that I have seen worms but before our winter I want to make sure no bugs
     
  7. Cereal

    Cereal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a video of her breathing but not allowed to download. How can I attach video?
     
  8. 5770amber

    5770amber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is your bird doing? I have one that is "breathing loudly". when I YouTube wheezing chickens it sounds like a honking. Not what's going on here. Just loud breathing. Did you ever find the cause?
     
  9. Cereal

    Cereal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No I never found the cause and she is still one of my most active birds - still lays also. She has episodes of sneezing too. I wish I could post a video but seems as if there are special ways to do it here that I am not familiar with
     
  10. Leisure105

    Leisure105 Out Of The Brooder

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    I also have a speckled Sussex hen that molted in late August and then got the wheez. She stopped laying but I thought that was due to the molt. She was sick for a month and hung by herself a lot and then recovered but started to kind of exhibit rooster like behavior(chuckling when finding food) and the rooster seems to have a big dislike for her. He chases and picks on her. Any thoughts.....
     

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