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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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6 week old hen has puckering and labored breathing. She has

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6 week old hen has butt puckering and labored breathing. She has been fed non-medicated manna-pro starter. We tried bathing her to remove any exterior clogs and gently rubbed some olive oil around the vent area. She did have a small liquid bowel movement. Any help would be great, her 10 year old care-taker is devastated.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Jane, I must admit that I don't know the significance of "butt puckering". Please clarify what you're seeing. One liquid bowel movement can simply be stress-related; if subsequent droppings continue to be liquidy presumptive treatment for the most common gastrointestinal parasites plus a broad spectrum antibiotic are reasonable. Piperazine (Wazine, e.g.) will address roundworms and amprolium (Corid) will address coccidia. Tylosin (Tylan-50) dosed at 20-30 mg/lb once daily intramuscularly or the injectable solution can be given orally for 5-7 days is available in your local feed store as are the other drugs. It's best to bring her inside as shown here:

Her "labored breathing" concerns me most. Respiratory compromise by bacterial, viral, and fungal infectious agents needs to be considered. Practically speaking, the tylosin is reasonable presumptive therapy for bacterial respiratory infections. There are no effective treatments against viruses and fungal infections are rarely treated due to their poor prognosis. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.