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crackly chickens!!!!

Discussion in 'Poultry Health and Nutrition' started by Rhiannon, Mar 8, 2011.


  1. Rhiannon

    Rhiannon PetForums Member

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    hi guys,
    just been round to a mates house who has just re homed 4 ex batts. they trundled off into their coop as it went dark and we took a peek inside as they settled down for the night.
    I noticed one of them had very crackly breathing, like when you have a cold and have phlegm in your lungs.
    I asked my freind how long she had been like this, she said since she got them on saturday and that she thought it was the chicken snoring as she seems to be healthy and unaffected otherwise.

    I had a chicken who had the same noisy breathing and it deteriated shortly after, not eating or drinking and died.

    Is it possible for chickens to snore??? what do you think this is and can it be contagious?????
     
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    shells PetForums VIP

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    cant anser your question as dont know, however i had chickens with colds there breathing was funny sounding and they even sneezed and blew bubbles through there beaks
     
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    Rhiannon PetForums Member

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    now theres an image!!!!!!!!:lol:
     
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    shells PetForums VIP

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    isnt it :lol: couldnt believe it i had to go and wipe there beaks clean with a hankie now that was a chalenge:lol:
     
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    couple of mine had a cold through the cold spell they are ok add a suplement to there food for peice of mind
     
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    shells PetForums VIP

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    what did u add as when i asked vet about it i was told dont worry just makesure they have clean watter . so werent helpful at all. Also during the moult i asked if theres anything i can giv to help my girls and again was told just clean watter
    thanks x
     
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    if it gets to bad try these baytril or Tylan only available from vet in UK.

    i added a crushed garlic clove to there water they dont tend to drink loads but they will drink it

    or
    Ropadair (oregano oil extract) and it works really well for cold and sniffles. The bottle is of a concentrated liquid so you only needs a few drops in the drinker. It also seems to keep the water fresh and palatable for the chooks and I feel it gives them a boost when they are at a low ebb

    also could any of these be causing the problem?

    , damp? dusty bedding? mould?

    hope that helps a bit
     
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