Do chickens cough?? I havent been on here for a while but i have 2 welsummer hens, they are about 2 years old, for first year one never (or very rarely) laid. Tey survived the harsh winter and all that snow and this year both laid excellently. Well we've had everything from them, one went broody and they both stopped laying cos one wouldnt let the other in the nest box, and now that one is laying again, the origanal non layer has been in moult since august and looks very sorry for herself, scruffy half-plucked and skinny, but has been making this coughing noise all the time for weeks noise. Can they catch a chill when in moult? Or am i being silly! It does make normal noises too but its like it cant control this noise like a cross between a sneeze and a cough. Will it die? I hope not!
Does it flick it's head sideways when doing it ? also appears to be trying to swallow. Noise is commonly called snicking , if it does it's gape worms . Treatment with a poultry wormer will fix and also clear any other internal parasites Verm-X is organic but get one that is liquid or ready mixed in food ,Mebenvet is also good but don't buy the powder to mix with food as it's like trying to mix smoke and you will get dosed yourself (voice of experience ) . Non approved method is sheepwormer in their water but correct dilution is essential. Hope this helps .
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I got on well with flubenvet, is that the stuff you meant seth? It is a very fine powder that you mix with the food. I normally give them layer pellets on a morning but the for the period of dosing them with flubenvet, I mixed a small amount of oil into the pellets then sprinkled the flubenvet into them and mixed well. Seemed to work.
Administer flubenvet powder with crumb feed, this is fed for seven days, no other food should be put down. As mentioned above it is a complete pain to mix, but now it is also available ready mixed in pellet form though if you only have a couple of hens I'm not sure if a small bag is available. The product has a shelf life and even if your worming every 3 months you would not use the entire 20 kg bag within its use by date.
You can buy the Flubenvet Medicated Pre-mixture in a 240gr size from this site.....
It really shocked me to see the price of it though.
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