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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sadiejane, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. sadiejane

    sadiejane Hatching

    Jan 1, 2014
    I went out to gather eggs today and my duckwing mix rooster's crow sounded off, kind of weak. When I picked him up, his breathing was wheezy; he isn't showing any signs of mucus or puffy/watery eyes. He's the smallest rooster I have, and he's always trying to out do the bigger chickens, and he isn't acting any different from normal, so I'm not sure if he just overdone himself yesterday at roost time or what.
    I also have a Orphanington rooster that got something caught in his nose about a month ago and it was about a few days before i could get a hold of him and get it out, it's been cold enough out that he's not quite completely over it; I don't think it's related, but I thought I'd mention it.

  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    The two issues don't sound related. But as for the wheezy rooster, if he continues to wheeze, it would probably help to get him on antibiotics.

    Oh, and welcome to BYC!
  3. sadiejane

    sadiejane Hatching

    Jan 1, 2014
    Thank you! I don't know what I'd give him or anything else. Other than baby aspirin to stop setting, I've never given a chicken medicine. [​IMG]
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Welcome to BYC. There are a bunch of respiratory diseases affecting chickens--some viral and some bacterial or mycoplasmas. Some diseases are from molds like aspergillosis which can affect the sound of their voice. Just watch for any different symptoms, and read up on some of the more common chicken diseases. Here is a good link with symptoms and treatments: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2014

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