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My hen is making sounds like labored breathing cought her no…

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My hen is making sounds like labored breathing cought her no food in crop

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is your bird's name and age?

She is one hen in a laying flock age 1or2

Veterinarian's Assistant: Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help your bird. What is the bird's name?

Red hen

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Bird Veterinary
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Bird Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
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Bird Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. May I have an update on your hen, please?

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 for others. To make a diagnosis, an avian vet (please see here: www.aav.org) will perform several tests including bacterial cultures of the airways, blood tests, and necropsies of dead birds if they're available. Dead birds should be refrigerated - not frozen – until they can be necropsied. Microscopic evaluation of affected tissues is helpful and can be performed at a diagnostic laboratory such as a county animal disease diagnostic laboratory. A fecal test for parasites also should be done. Attempts to isolate virus may be required. Respiratory infections in poultry have several causes but outward signs may appear similar to the flock owner.

If you have no access to an avian vet, presumptive therapy is now limited by the FDA to over the counter tylosin in the form of injectable Tylan-50 dosed at 5 - 15 mg/lb into the breast muscle daily for 5-7 days. There's no egg withdrawal for this antibiotic. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Bird Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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