Hello! My chickens began to wheeze and sneeze a lot. Snoring looks like water stuck in my throat. We got a lot of slugs and chickens eat them with pleasure. It seems to me that it was after that that everything began. Today otsadila 8 chickens. I decided not to let the garden into the garden. Gave to drink manganese water, ampicillin and two chickens gave Albin. This is how I try that will help better. I would like advice, what do I really need to do with them? Thank! (Maya)
Slugs only at first glance seem to be quite harmless creatures for poultry. Despite the fact that they spoil the garden greens, they are also carriers of parasites. Most often these are all kinds of helminths. Today it is already known and proven that chickens fall ill with tape pressure while eating slugs. Therefore, the first thing to do is eliminate this phenomenon.
In general, slugs, as a species, are still poorly studied, so it is difficult for scientists to say what viruses and parasites they can tolerate. Therefore, the first thing that comes to my mind is that your birds became infected with some kind of virus. Such symptoms are not similar only to the fact that the bird coughs because of the slug itself. Most likely, these are parasites and viruses.
First of all, you need to put all layers in quarantine, exclude walking in the yard. Let them be on the territory of a small pen. Antiviral medication such as rimantadine or arbidol should be given. Baytril proved to be very good. Be sure to ascorbic acid at 0.5 grams per kilogram of feed.