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HELP!! New to chickens

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Hi everyone i am a 4-her from southern Florida, although it is normally hot and humid the last two days it has been drier and a tad cooler. When i went out to my coop one of my polish pullets was breathing heavily through her mouth and making a sound from time to time, the best way i could describe it would be the noise from a rubber chicken. Being new I am so lost as to what to do; she is eating, drinking and running around normally but the sound she is making has me concerned. Any knowledge would help!!

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It could possibly be a respiratory issue but if she's acting normally otherwise then you may need to wait if anything changes. Giving her some electrolytes in the water is always a good place to start.

A few questions that are normally asked to get a better idea of your situation.
°Is the coop clean and is there proper ventilation?
°How many other chickens do you have, if so are others doing the same?
°Is her poop normal?
°What type of food & treats?
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Originally Posted by BeachMomma View Post

It could possibly be a respiratory issue but if she's acting normally otherwise then you may need to wait if anything changes. Giving her some electrolytes in the water is always a good place to start.

A few questions that are normally asked to get a better idea of your situation.
°Is the coop clean and is there proper ventilation?
°How many other chickens do you have, if so are others doing the same?
°Is her poop normal?
°What type of food & treats?

1)Yes the coop is clean and gets a thorough cleaning once a week, and it is mostly open air except for their roost.

2)I have nine others not including her, and no they are acting completely normal

3)Yes her poop is normal and i separated her for a bit to make sure

4)And the treats they get are things like: tomatoes, marigolds, squash, carrots, cucumbers,eggs etc. but food wise they receive Purina starter/ grower(non-medicated) and they get a bit of ultra kibble for protein

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