Wheezy lungs, sounds like water, any help would be appreciated

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by upitty, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. My poor old Wyandotte is almost in perfect health, she's just started laying again after molting (soooo fluffy) and she's looking healthier than ever, except for one exception. When I pick her up and listen to her breath, she has a slight wheeze when she breathes out and gurgling sound when she breathes in. Just wondering what this might be and if it's damaging her health. I don't think it's caused by ammonia because the coop is really well ventilated (but if you think otherwise please say).
  2. Shabana

    Shabana Songster

    Possibly mycroplasma. I would sneak to the coop after dark and listen to her as it can be much worse at night.
    My vet prescribed Tylan (I,m in the UK), which you may/may not be able to get over the counter where you are but we cant here.
    Its a little like pneumonia in humans.

    Signs can include foamy eyes, sneezing, nasal discharge, swollen eyelids and sinuses, reduced egg production and gasping. If her eyes are running you might not notice if shes wiping them on her sides.
    There is sometimes a 'sweet' smell in the coop too.

    At night they sound like really rattling breaths.

    Worm her too as there is a worm that can also cause breathing difficulties called gapeworm.

    Best of luck xx
  3. chooks4life

    chooks4life Crowing

    Apr 8, 2013
    Raw fresh garlic can kill lung infections very quickly. I don't know if it will in this case but it's fairly harmless and I don't know of any reason you couldn't use it in conjunction with whatever other medicine you try. It's worked for me and my animals. I haven't used man made antibiotics or medicines with them. If you do decide to give it a go, an average of one to two cloves per day for her should do the trick. Only one clove worked for me, so it's potent stuff when fresh and raw. Best wishes.
  4. Shabana

    Shabana Songster

    Totally agree with chooks4life, I use garlic too. I have a liquid one for their water and also a powder for their food and use it perhaps once a week or so. Its really good.
    My little girl was really bad at night and gasping in the day so she needed the antibiotic, but assess her and see what you think.

    Good luck x
  5. Shabana

    Shabana Songster

    Just wondering how she's doing now ?
  6. Aha, wow, thanks for the tips, I've only just looked at the messages so I'll try out your recommendations tomorrow, cheers

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