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Why ducklings breathe often, sneeze and open their beak and treatment methods

Why ducklings breathe often, sneeze and open their beak and treatment methods


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Ducks are a fairly popular poultry. To prevent the appearance of infections, you need to keep the poultry house clean, carry out regular disinfection, and eliminate crowding of chicks. Many farmers ask the question: why do ducklings constantly open their beaks and breathe frequently? Symptoms like these sometimes mean infections. It is important to make the right diagnosis and start treatment on time.

Why do ducklings open their beaks and sneeze?

Coughing and sneezing can be symptoms of various illnesses. The danger is represented by infectious diseases. The characteristic symptoms of cholera are diarrhea, refusal to eat, coughing and sneezing, and intense thirst. Goslings also sneeze and keep their beak open when infected with viral hepatitis. Signs of infection: difficulty breathing, wheezing, convulsions. Incorrect conditions of detention provoke hypothermia of chicks (drafts, dampness) and cause damage to the upper respiratory tract.

Sometimes chicks swallow inedible items. Sometimes mucus from its beak is a sign that the gosling is choking. In this case, you need to inspect the chick and remove the foreign object.

Treatment methods

When the first symptoms appear, it is important to establish the correct diagnosis and determine the treatment methods in a timely manner. Infectious diseases are treated with antibiotics. The drugs are selected fast-acting, do not require long-term administration. To prevent antibiotics from weakening the immune system, antimicrobial and antiviral agents are additionally prescribed to the bird (aerosol, added to drinking water).

What you need to do to avoid the problem

Ducks are kept in almost every household. The infection of poultry with infectious diseases causes serious damage to the livestock.

Therefore, it is easier to prevent the occurrence and spread of diseases:

  • the house is regularly cleaned and disinfected;
  • keep feeders and drinkers clean;
  • a balanced diet is selected for ducklings;
  • do not allow poor-quality feed or foreign objects to enter the feeders;
  • sometimes a weak solution of potassium permanganate is added to drinking water;
  • if necessary, vaccinate.

Sick chicks are promptly isolated and treated. Sick ducklings should not be allowed to infect adult birds.

Expert opinion

Zarechny Maxim Valerievich

Agronomist with 12 years of experience. Our best summer cottage expert.

In order for the ducklings to be healthy and fully develop, it is important to create the right conditions for the birds, a complete diet.

Prevention of infections, timely treatment started will reduce the loss of ducklings.


Watch the video: Save birds from wrong treatment. treatment of rapid breathing (July 2022).


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