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Chicken has lost her voice

Postby IanG-T » 10 Apr 2015, 07:53

Morning all,

I am hoping someone can help me as Google hasn't really shone any light on this...

Wednesday evening my chickens went to bed clucking as normal, yesterday when I let them out of their coop Christine, my largest chook, has a very croaky, quiet voice, almost like she is struggling to cluck.

I have looked down her throat and can't see anything, I have syringed some water in in case it was a dust build up from the DE I sprinkle in the coop and that didn't help.

We do currently have a mite boom, thanks to the warm weather!, which is being treated today by my wife while I am at work. She doesn't appear to be gape breathing, but I am worried it may be a worm issue, I have always wormed the girls naturally with various seeds and ACV.

I am genuinely worried that she may have something seriously wrong with her as she layed a soft shelled egg yesterday morning, outside the coop, which is unusual for her as she has always been my best layer, they get plenty of oyster shell, feed and water topped up/changed daily. I always put vitamins in their water as well to try and keep their immune system up.

I also notice she had some small white patches on her ear lobes, googling this doesn't appear to throw up any red flags.... I may try and get her to the vets tomorrow, but our vets aren't particularly chicken friendly... Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Re: Chicken has lost her voice

Postby organic chick » 10 Apr 2015, 10:06

Oh dear, poor hen and you sound so worried.

Ok then, firstly worms. Scientific evidence proves that natural methods of worm control are not effective. So my advice would be to worm all the hens with Flubenvet. You can buy the necessary treated layers pellets here online at
http://www.farmandpetplace.co.uk. I am not linked to them but their carriage is way cheaper than anyone else's. Alternatively you can buy the Flubenvet and add it to your feed yourself.

Secondly you could try giving her some live probiotic yoghurt. Hold her close and see if her breath Smells 'yeasty.' Is her crop distended?

Good luck with the red mite too.
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Re: Chicken has lost her voice

Postby drfish » 10 Apr 2015, 10:16

If there's no obvious obstruction or damage, and no 'smelly' breath, I'd be inclined to say it may be as simple as an infection. Much like us, they are prone to respiratory infections. I'd definitely worm them as a matter of course, and see how that goes, but it may be that a trip to the vet is in order for some AB's.

Also, with a mite explosion, they will almost certainly be getting attacked during the night, and this can be enough to drop their resistance to infection and illness. Ficam the little red b@st%r*s
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Re: Chicken has lost her voice

Postby organic chick » 10 Apr 2015, 10:18

That's it Drfish. Could not remember Ficam - that's the stuff!
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Re: Chicken has lost her voice

Postby organic chick » 10 Apr 2015, 10:20

And of course, most of we humans are doubling up on the inhalers today !!!!!!
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Re: Chicken has lost her voice

Postby IanG-T » 10 Apr 2015, 10:40

Thanks for the replies all!

I don't have any Ficam, I use a chemical compound from my local poultry guy, it is German and kills everything in the coop, spiders etc, they all get it... Once dry it is safe to let the girls back in and it doesn't affect the eggs.

I have booked Christine in tot he vets anyway, I do with all my animals if they are under the weather for more than a day, the girls are pets first, yummy egg producers second. she has laid this morning, or at least it looks like it as we have had a medium egg, which is her normal size, her sis produces much larger eggs....

I will see if the vet thinks AB's are required, but I will get some worming stuff, either off the vet for now, or via that link if they don't do it.
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Re: Chicken has lost her voice

Postby IanG-T » 10 Apr 2015, 10:43

I think the stuff is called A R Bachs Ectoparasite solution...
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Re: Chicken has lost her voice

Postby IanG-T » 10 Apr 2015, 19:39

Been to the vets,

It's the start of a mild respiratory infection. She has anti biotics
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