Respiratory Chicken Illnesses (CHRONIC RESPIRATORY DISEASE)
Coughing in chicken can be a common symptom for a lot of diseases in chicken. To be honest, chicken can suffer from a huge list of known diseases. But one common one affecting chicken that exhibits a persistent cough is known as chronic respiratory disease (CRD). CRD is highly infectious and can easily be transmitted from one chicken to another. A farmer must maintain a high level of cleanliness in order to curb the spread of this disease.
Symptoms of chronic respiratory disease in Chicken.
CRD in chicken can have mild symptoms, some of them are even treatable using home remedies. However, failure to isolate sick birds may be detrimental to the safety of your chicken. Common symptoms of chronic respiratory disease in chicken include;
- Discharge from the nasal cavity
- Sometimes tears can show
- Weezing sound
Less common symptoms of chronic respiratory disease in the chicken are;
- Loss in appetite.
- Discharge of yellowish poop.
This disease is common for farmers who pay absolutely no attention to the cleanliness of the chicken coop. The chicken coop is supposed to be well maintained and cleaned on a daily basis. Failure to do so will lead to the development of chronic respiratory infections.
Respiratory diseases are the most common diseases affecting poultry.
How to prevent chronic respiratory disease in chickens.
- Reduce stress in chicken.
Not only humans go through stress, chickens too! Stress can be a factor that will inhibit the productivity and growth of your chicken. However, you cannot determine when your chickens are suffering from it by just looking at them. You will start seeing signs like breathing difficulties, droopiness, reduction in egg-laying capacity, lifting their wings away from their bodies, diarrhea, and sometimes lethargy. In order to curb this stress, farmers are advised to provide multivitamins to their chickens by mixing them in their fresh clean water. Sources of stress in chicken can be;
- unclean coops
- change in weather or harsh weather
Treating cough in chickens.
Separate the already infected chicken and properly care for them. In order for them to achieve full recovery, they will need to have as little stress as possible. So a controlled environment will be suitable. This environment should be an accessible area with good ventilation and have feed and water. Once full recovery has been attained for the chicken, a farmer is to maintain the cleanliness standards of the chicken environment by closely monitoring the sick birds even after they are joined back with the healthy birds.
Use of antibiotics
Antibiotics are every farmer’s magic wand. But in order for antibiotics to work, chickens are supposed to be fed well, have plenty of water, and have as little stress as possible. Using antibiotics is a great way to treat cough in chicken. However, before purchasing or using any antibiotic on your flock, seek the advice of a well-trained professional from your local agro vet.
Biosecurity is just having a clean biological environment in the poultry coop. This means that there should be a high level of cleanliness inside and outside the poultry coop. Some of the most effective biosecurity measures for a simple poultry farmer are, installing foot baths, hand washing stations, and enforcing simple cleanliness guidelines and rules with regards to cleanliness before entering the poultry coop.
Chicken cough treatment; Natural or home remedies.
- Natural Herbs. i.e basil, aloe vera solution.
- Cinnamon and garlic.
- Salt solution with baking powder.
- Apple cider vinegar.