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Chicken health

Found chicken looking miserable, standing in a little snow. Beak dripping, wheezing. Called chicken friend; said nothing could be done. No point going to Vet. Brought her indoors into puppy crate, fresh straw, good, water & waited for inevitable, which never happened! Third day saw her drink, then eat. I've kept her indoors now for 3 days, changing straw, food water frequently. Turnaround is amazing! When is it safe to return her to the coop with other rescues?
Thank you.


  • undautriundautri Senior Member
     has she stopped wheezing?
    As long as shes active and eating well she can go back but keep an eye on her incase the others bully her when she returns - make sure theres more than one feeding station for her to choose from
    let us know how she gets on and well done on saving her
  • I have a flock of up to 222 and the entire poultry is wheezing,coughing,shaking the heads and loss weight. What could be the problem? Please help and soon cause they are in their 6th week 1 day. Was about to start selling and this happens. Am afraid cause they are not eating or drinking water

  • undautriundautri Senior Member
    sounds like a respiratory disease such as mycoplasma so they will all need antibiotics.
    you wont be able to sell any until the disease is completely clear as you risk spreading it

  • edited December 2018

    There are viruses, bacteria and parasites that can potentially infect chickens, but the industry has many strategies in place to reduce the incidence of illness in chicken flocks, to the point where outbreaks of disease are not common. The emphasis in flock health programs is on prevention rather than treatment, which is why vaccination, farm hygiene and biosecurity are the most important strategies.

    In some circumstances, where other disease prevention and management strategies aren’t successful, a bacterial or parasitic disease may occur that requires a veterinarian to authorise flocks to be treated with an approved antibiotic or other antimicrobial. 

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