Hi there- I appreciate your help. Susanne
Age: 2 years
Breed: Rhode Island
Your Location- country, state (different areas/climates have different problems)
ANSWER: Bellarine Peninsula Victoria
What is wrong? What symptoms have you noted? - As much detail as possible please.
She is sneezing and has laboured breathing through her mouth (not her nose). It is not too bad at the moment, but about 4 weeks ago we had to kill another chicken that had the same symptoms but which had gotten so terrible that we thought it best to put her out of her misery. I am wanting to see if I can avoid having to do this again.
Apart from that, there are no other symptoms, there is no nasal discharge, she has energy (she is doing laps of her pen that she is isolated in because she wants to be back with the others. And she is eating. She looks to be quite healthy. .
I have isolated her. (she is part of a flock of 18)
Full droppings description.- colour, consistency, frequency, offensive smell.
ANSWER: her poo is green and perhaps a little runny- but it still has a firm-ish consistency, but they free range and get lots of grass etc
Respiratory Changes?- eg. breathing sounds, discharge, laboured breathing, facial swelling
breathing with her beak open, through her mouth (? beak) not her nose. Not doing this all the time, but when she does, it looks as if she is trying suck in air. But there is no discharge from her eyes or nose. This was the same as the last chicken, but when when we first discovered it on her breathing was really really laboured and we didn't think she'd live through the night, but she did, the symptoms calmed down for about 3-4 weeks and then got really bad and that is when we killed her. So in this case I think we have spotted the symptoms early and hence they are only mild. Everything else appears normal.
Digestive Changes?- eg. eating, drinking, crop filling & emptying
all appear normal
Condition Changes?- eg. Weight, comb/wattle colour, skin, feathering
seem to be normal
Behavioural Changes?- inc. socialising, laying, crowing, broodiness
she was socialising as normal, but I have isolated her.
Agility Changes? - eg. any lameness, favouring, energy levels
Describe your usual worming routine and products. [If none, say so and skip the next 3 worming questions.] Do you have a cycle that you use eg. every 3 months, or every six months?
After the last chicken was sick and someone had suggested gape worm, I bought Avitrol Plus and have wormed the whole flock with that. Prior to this I was using Piperzol every 6-8 weeks
1. When was the bird last wormed??- approximate date.
1 week ago
2. What product was used to worm the bird, and how was it given? ? eg. in the drinking water, on the skin, by injection?
3. Was a follow up dose given? (eg. 10-14 days later)
ANSWER: this was the follow up dose... so wormed 4 weeks ago and then one week ago
Any other recent medications?- antibiotics, coccidiosis meds, herbal remedies, etc
Other changes? – additions to the flock, diet, housing, extreme weather
no additions, just a sad subtraction as mentioned above. It has been very wet and a bit chilly.
Photos? – any relevant photos are very helpful
INSERT HERE: no photos