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I have a flock of 20 hens.6 weeks ago, a bunch started sneezing (2 weeks after introducing new birds). I noticed it was catching, so I put them all on Tet...zine (sorry forget the name). I did it for 5 days, and didn't eat the eggs for 10 days. After the 10 days, there was no more sneezing and everything looked good. A week or two later, I noticed more sneezing. I isolated the birds as I noticed them sneeze, and ended up with 5 in quarantine with the same medication as before. 10 days later I put them back in the flock since they were fine again. However on that day two more from the non-quarantined ones were sneezing. Now it is a week later, and there are probably 7-8 birds sneezing. 

 

One hen has died. Two days ago. Got lethargic and just died 1.5 days later. 

 

Is it possible that a bird can get the same sickness twice? Could the germ have survived the first round of anti-biotics, and is re-infecting the chickens? I was wondering if it could be an allergy, but the only thing I have changed, is adding pine mulch for flooring, and pine shavings for bedding in the nesting boxes. However, the sneezing first started before I added any pine stuff.

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I have a flock of 20 hens.6 weeks ago, a bunch started sneezing (2 weeks after introducing new birds). I noticed it was catching, so I put them all on Tet...zine (sorry forget the name). I did it for 5 days, and didn't eat the eggs for 10 days. After the 10 days, there was no more sneezing and everything looked good. A week or two later, I noticed more sneezing. I isolated the birds as I noticed them sneeze, and ended up with 5 in quarantine with the same medication as before. 10 days later I put them back in the flock since they were fine again. However on that day two more from the non-quarantined ones were sneezing. Now it is a week later, and there are probably 7-8 birds sneezing. 

 

One hen has died. Two days ago. Got lethargic and just died 1.5 days later. 

 

Is it possible that a bird can get the same sickness twice? Could the germ have survived the first round of anti-biotics, and is re-infecting the chickens? I was wondering if it could be an allergy, but the only thing I have changed, is adding pine mulch for flooring, and pine shavings for bedding in the nesting boxes. However, the sneezing first started before I added any pine stuff.


Hi,

It is indeed possible that a bird can show the same symptoms to an illness on multiple occasions - particularly if it is viral. I'm no expert, but i would suggest that, since one of your birds has died, it could well be something more serious that infectious bronchitis.

I would suggest that check out threads on the most common diseases (mareks etc). I don't think that an allergy would cause death, but please read this thread

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/655822/pine-and-cedar-shavings-are-dangerous

 

You can make your own mind up with that one.

 

Good luck

 

CT

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