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Cough in birds can also be caused from inhalation of sawdust which you introduced to your birds.
I would strongly advice farmers to Re-place sawdust with wood shaving.
When you introduce sawdust to birds, as the bath themselves in it, the inhale the dust and this will, however, block their nostrils. to secure them, ensure you spread wood shaving.
Cough in birds can also exist through climate change, the other factors that can similarly cause cases of respiratory disease in birds are poor ventilation, expired feed and dirty environment.
To treat them, ensure you administer tylosin tartrate and doxycycline antibiotic based drugs as the medicated way of treating cough, but if it persists, you may decide to go organic by grinding ginger, garlic and pepper, and enable the mixture in water (concentrated) then serve them ultimately.
There are still other ways you may try. Sometimes when my flock have a chronic respiratory infection, if I have tried tylosin tartrate and doxycycline and they fail to respond, I administer a human antibiotic to eliminate the disease. I administer sulphamethoxazole and trimethoprim antibiotic based drugs.
Question: Can cough alone kill my flock?
Answer: Strictly, yes. Cough can kill your bird but it’s rare. If your birds suffer from cough only, if the cough wasn’t a symptom of other diseases, it would not readily kill your birds. Cough is unlike bird cholera and Newcastle disease which are pathogenic and kills over a short time.
Cough would simply delay your flock growth and production by making the birds uncomfortable and unable to feed properly.
If cough persists, the birds would eventually die from food deficiency.
To prevent Cough in poultry birds, you have to:
Isolate every positive bird out from your flock.
Wash feeders, drinkers of birds with a disinfectant like bleach.
Tidy your poultry environment; ensure the litter of your birds is packed while new wood shaving is spread because the ammonia in birds litter increases the case of cough.
Ensure you have proper ventilation and serve them with good antibiotic drugs like tylosin based drugs; your vet would give you a proper dose which will be served.
Note: When you notice cough in your poultry birds, it’s not appropriate to believe that there is no serious infection as cough could also be a symptom of infection like Newcastle disease.
In case you tried the above method I explained to practice and the disease persist, just know, cough is not only the disease troubling them rather it is a symptom of another and probably more serious disease.
Answer; You have more chickens in stock than the space provided.
Overcrowding is the major factor that makes any farm dirty and wet. Always make sure not to have more birds in stock than the space provided, this would help maintain good health and nice productivity. Also, it is important to note that overcrowding increases the chances of the birds contracting respiratory diseases.