I need advice
- Monkey Lookout
Alas i live in kenya and thus cannot advise on suitable antibiotics but hope that another member can give you more constructive advice.
All the best
A couple things to consider. Chickens do sneeze, just like we do and most other animals, to clear dust or debris. A normal chicken sneeze is a soft psst sound. Things to look for are snotty nose or mucous in the beak, foamy, bubbly or runny eyes, swelling around the eyes, bad odor around the head, wheezing or rattling breathing and/or coughing. If none of those things exist and your just hearing the occasional soft sneeze then there's probably nothing going on. Just observe for now. Go out to the coop at night when they are roosting and just stand there and listen. If anybody has any odd breathing noises going on or excessive sneezing it will be a lot easier to hear.
As far as the bird that was laying on her side when you went out, is there any chance she was dust or sun bathing? Many birds are reluctant to abandon a good dust bath or sun bathing spot and will lay there and look at you before finally rising and shaking out their feathers. Is she active, moving about, eating and drinking normally? I would check her body condition for weight loss or other abnormalities, check for mites etc. See if she has a full crop in the evening and if it's empty in the morning.
Thanks, Cafarmgirl. I was wondering when I saw her if she was maybe dust bathing, because the position she was laying in was a little on her side, with her top wing out a little, like when they settle in for a dust bath. She just usually is really into treats, so it surprised me that she didn't get up for scratch. I'll listen to their breathing tonight. I did have to pull her down from the roof of the coop Monday night when she got stuck up there, and I noted that she felt nice and heavy and felt like she had some meat on her breast bone, so I know her body condition was good as of a few days ago. I won't worry at this point. Hopefully she was just in a "dust-bath trance."