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Normal for baby chicks to shake head alot

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my 2.5 week old baby chickens are shaking their heads, but I noticed that it only happens when I am talking around them or the tv is on. could it be the loud noises that make them shake their head? I recently had my entire flock come down with some bad unknown respiratory disease, and Iam still waiting for results back from the necropsy, and so Iam constantly worried that my chicks are contracting this, but they have never been even close to the flock, Iam still worried about disease transmission via clothing, as my husband is not as bio-safe as Iam. Has anyone experienced this> is it normal? Iam very worried about my new flock, they eat and play around thriving. And I don't think the shaking head thing is sneezing, I have hear them sneeze once or twice every once in a while, but Iam hoping it is from the cedar shavings that they sell at my feed store. any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

thank you!!

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Head shaking can be normal in chicks. With all of the growing they are doing, the feathers coming may itch. Look for sneezing, watery eyes, swelling around an eye, or nasal drainage. Acting lethargic and puffed up would also be a bad sign. Many of the respiratory diseases including infectious bronchitis, MG, ILT, and coryza can make carriers of the whole flock. It's good to get the necropsy results to know how to deal with the problem. Here is a good link to read about those and other common diseases:  http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044

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Head shaking can be normal in chicks. With all of the growing they are doing, the feathers coming may itch. Look for sneezing, watery eyes, swelling around an eye, or nasal drainage. Acting lethargic and puffed up would also be a bad sign. Many of the respiratory diseases including infectious bronchitis, MG, ILT, and coryza can make carriers of the whole flock. It's good to get the necropsy results to know how to deal with the problem. Here is a good link to read about those and other common diseases:  http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044

Thank you so much for the info, and yes they are getting their feathers and there is a lot of particles floating around in there, I have to clean the cage every day to keep the dust and stuff down, they all seem to be in great health, except the white buff brahma that I got from the feed store, I have already bought two of them and they have both died suddenly, but none of my other 12 chicks have even showed signs of being lethargic, and I haven't lost any other chicks just the brahma's, could the buffs dying be a breeding flaw or something, I told the feed store and the seemed dumb founded, but feed stores are known for having stressed chicks there, maybe this is why they died?. , and as soon as I get the results back Iam going to have the chicks tested for whatever it is. (prolly mycoplasma MG) Thanks in Advance!!

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It might be something with the buff brahma's breeding stock that supplies the feed store, but that's just my guess. I have bought certain rarer breeds from hatcheries that didn't fair well because of probably a small gene pool.

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Thank you so much for helping put my mind at ease. I know that those chicks dying was a little too suspect.
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You're welcome, and good luck.

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