Before we'd even got home one of our new hens Olga was 'rattly' - chesty and wheezy - apparently it can be quite common as it's brought on by stress such as moving, introductions to new hens etc.
A couple of weeks later and she's more or less over it - it gives them a sore throat so they don't eat for a few days, but usually get over it quickly. However they can give it to the other hens, so you need to keep an eye on it.
Hedwig came down with it last week, and for a few days sounded like an accordion as she breathed - I was a bit worried but she seems to be getting over it now - Olbas Oil on their neck feathers seemed to help them breathe at night too. I've seen her eating which is a good sign.
However, earlier this week Renee came down with it - badly. She was *very* rattly and her breathing was laboured, she stopped eating and looks completely depressed. I wasn't sure if she was still drinking. Obviously quite serious.
So this morning I took a couple of hours out of work and took her to the vets - she looked dreadful and didn't really want to stand up - she had discharge from her nostrils and was obviously feeling rotten. The vet though was quite positive and gave me antibiotics (Tylan) to give the hens in the water (which is nice and easy - have you ever tried to inject a hen?!), and she should hopefully be feeling better in 2-3 days.
I did force-feed her some medicated drink when we got home just to make sure she had some in her system, so fingers crossed it does the trick.
If you do look at the hencam, please let me know of any unusual behaviour - and also if Renee drinks (from either waterer) - it would be nice to know she's taking on the medicine that should help her.