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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My rooster has laryngitis, how can I treat him? He tries to

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My rooster has laryngitis, how can I treat him?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with your bird?
Customer: He tries to cruise but a small girly like screqueak , yes screqueak, comes out
JA: Where does your bird seem to hurt?
Customer: He doesn't appear to be in pain, he just can't crow normally
JA: OK. No obvious pain. What is the bird's name and age?
Customer: PD and he's 1 1/2 years old, white Silky
JA: Is there anything else important you think the veterinarian should know about PD?
Customer: His energy level is normal and he's eating five
Submitted: 17 days ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 17 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 17 days ago.

Your rooster doesn't have a larynx but, instead, a syrinx. I'm being pedantic, sorry. Inflammation in that area is caused by quite a few respiratory infections. My experience with chickens who have lost their voice tells me that their prognosis is good for complete recovery without any treatment. I most commonly find chicken coryza (Haemophilus paragallinarum) or avian mycoplasmosis. These infections respond to antibiotics but we must accept that while symptoms improve, chickens remain carriers of these infectious agents. My treatment of choice if necessary is tylosin in the form of Tylan-50 available in many feed stores dosed at 20-30 mg/lb intramuscularly into a breast muscle once daily for 5-7 days.

Because PD is otherwise well, I would "watchful wait" for up to 7 days prior to initiating therapy. He may well remiss unaided. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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