WHY-HEN BREATHING HEAVY LYING DOWN?
I have a hen that has been breathing heavy only when lying down or when you hold her. I took her to 3 vets and no one knows what is wrong. After the vet visits we discovered she has lice or mites(not sure). We treated the bugs and we think they are gone now. During the bug treatment we were putting vaseline around her vent area and it helped her breathing so now even though the bugs are gone we still put vaseline on her so she can have some relief. At first she was eating and playing well but now she doesn't eat as much and walks slow. We thought maybe she became anemic from the bugs so she is on nutri-drench vitamins and we give her hard boiled eggs daily. I have also been hand feeding her baby food and offering her yogurt. She isn't sneezing or coughing, and there is no discharge. She has been going through this for almost 3 months. We love her so much and want to help her. I thought maybe sour crop but there is no odor. She extends her neck with her beak open gasping and sometimes she will shake her whole body then she stops the heavy breathing for a while. She has been on Baytril twice for 5 to 10 days each. Please help! Thank You!