Ask Lafeber


December 13, 2021


I have 5 layer chickens I treated them all for the past week for Salmonela as 1 bird had the virus. After the weeks treatment I noticed that their breastbone are standing out very prominently and although they eat and drink as normal, they look very thin. What could be the problem and is there a possible cure.


Hi Tony,

Did a Vet diagnose your chicken with Salmonella? Salmonella is a bacteria, not a virus. Viruses can’t be  treated – the symptoms can be treated but the virus has to run its course, and most viruses in birds are fatal. Bacterial infections are common, but you need testing to know what antibiotic to use for treatments. Chickens can get bacterial infection, viruses, and other ailments like internal and external parasites. So there is no way to know what is wrong with them without taking them to a Vet for treatment.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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