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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 48 years of experience.
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Our chicken is wheezing, No coughing, it started this

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Our chicken is wheezing
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Does this wheezing happen all the time or only sometimes? Does the chicken have a cough as well?
Customer: No coughing, it started this afternoon and it’s a constant wheezing noise
JA: And what's the chicken's name and age?
Customer: Elizapeck she’s at least 4 years old but we don’t know for sure
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: she’s eating normally, has 3 chicks about 5 months old
Submitted: 14 days ago.
Category: Bird
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 13 days ago.

I'm sorry to hear about this with Elizapeck (!).

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 13 days ago.

In any case of respiratory illness, it's important to know if you're dealing with a viral, bacterial, fungal, or parasitic disease. The treatment for one disease may be ineffective or even harmful to others. Respiratory infections in poultry have several causes but outward signs may appear similar to the flock owner. To make a diagnosis, an avian vet (bvpa.org.uk or local poultry vet) will perform several tests including bacterial cultures of the airways, blood tests, and necropsies* of dead birds (or sacrificed badly ill birds) if they're available.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 13 days ago.

Regrettably, the UK doesn't allow chicken owners to purchase antibiotics over the counter for them.  An avian vet is likely to prescribe tylosin, enrofloxacin, or amoxicillin/clavulanate.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 13 days ago.

No antibiotic, however, is able to completely rid my patient of these infectious organisms. Birds remain carriers and sources of infection others. (Please note that we have limited data of tylosin administered orally to chicken layers. For the use of injectable tylosin in laying hens, FARAD now recommends an 8-week egg discard period.) Please also note that the majority of these chickens will go into remission unaided within 10-14 days from the onset of their symptoms.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 13 days ago.

*Dead birds should be refrigerated - not frozen – until they can be necropsied. Your best course of action might be to reach out to your state or county-extension poultry personnel, veterinary school pathology service, British Veterinary Poultry organisation (bvpa.org.uk) or avian-oriented veterinarian for help in that regard. This is how we might know how to address the rest of your flock.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 13 days ago.

Please respond with additional questions and concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 12 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 12 days ago.

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