bronchitis?????!!!

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bronchitis?????!!!

Postby bimilinda » Thu May 18, 2017 5:38 pm

Hi everyone. I am having a bit of a dilemma!
A few of my chickens have been sneezing ALOT.
One(Orpington) was wheezing as she breathed yesterday but seems to be back to just sneezing today. She has had it on and off the last few months but now it has become constant - no other side effects (ofcourse not laying at this time of year), I have 2 other cockerals that are sneezing - no mucous- and have just been given a silkie pullet that is sneezing and has mucousy nose, eyes and mouth.. which looks bad - all have been quarantined in seperate runs and I DO NOT want others to catch it, I have booked a vet appointement for Saturday, but in the mean time I am trying to find answers! Should I just cull the sick ones?? The roosters I am fine about, but obviously I dont want to cull a chicken if it can be cured... also dont want to jeopardise the whole flock. I think the Silkie with the mucous needs to go, but my Orpington that has been wheezing is a favourite and only 1 of 2 so I will miss her (and her offspring)... If I can help them I will but is it worth it!!? Thanks!
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Re: bronchitis?????!!!

Postby wolga » Thu May 18, 2017 6:01 pm

It sounds like she has a respiratory problem. The most common one - infectious bronchitis - is caused by a virus which has to take its course and this takes between 6 and 8 weeks. No need to cull your birds . The rattling may stay on for a few more weeks unfortunately but most chooks recover on their own and they should be as good as new.
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Postby Marina » Thu May 18, 2017 8:05 pm

What Wolga says - plus - your other chooks have already been exposed to small quantities of whatever it is so culling your affected chooks won't help the others.

Infectious bronchitis does not usually come with mucus - at least not in the cases I've seen. So your Silkie may have something different. There is a bug going round that causes the symptoms you describe in your Silkie and that bug may respond to antibiotics. So if you go to the vet I'd take the Silkie. If he or she prescribes antibiotics all your birds need to be treated so again - no reason to cull any of your birds.

I think it's poor practice to give you a sick bird. No brownie points for that person :evil:
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Postby bimilinda » Thu May 18, 2017 9:34 pm

Thanks for your responses everyone - That is what I wanted to hear! I had read on mostly american websites that they will need to be culled which was a task I was not looking forward to.
Yes a bit disappointed about being given a sick chicken - it was a swap for some roosters so no money changed hands otherwise I would definately be alot more upset. Just dont want one freebie ruining it for the rest of my beloved birds! I will take her (Silkie)to the vet then since she is worse off and hope that they get better soon! Just wont tell my husband - about the vet, he is also a bit disappointed that my flock number wont be decreasing any time soon!!
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Postby Marina » Fri May 19, 2017 9:52 am

Same here with the ever increasing flock numbers...

I don't usually recommend taking chickens to the vet as most vets have no training in this regard. Most sick chooks either die anyway or recover in their own time - without a vet's help. But that snotty nose bug I've heard off goes away when antibiotics are given. Usually vets prescribe antibiotics when a sick chook is brought in - that's all most of them know. So hopefully this will help your Silkie and prevent the others from getting it.

We have a thread about vets who have chicken training on his forum - if one of them is in your vicinity it may be worth consulting them. But as already said - for antibiotics any vet will do.
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