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3 of my chicks have developed some sneezing

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I have 6 chicks that are about 3 weeks old. In the last 12 hours I would say 2 or 3 of them have started sneezing. I did raise their heat lamp and am worried maybe hey got to chilled while I was at work. I am also feeding them unmedicated chick starter is medicated better? These are my first chicks and I am very worried that it will quickly spread to the others. Any help is greatly appreciated!
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Hello and :welcome,

 

If these chicks are sneezing and show any signs of runny noses or watery eyes, then this should be treated as a respiratory infection, which is highly contagious. Some pictures of the affected chicks' eyes and nostrils should help as we will be able to check for discharge or pus. If it is a respiratory infection, it can be treated, depending on the type. Sometimes the chickens are left carriers and better off culled unless no new chickens, chicks, or eggs will leave or enter the property. do you have any other birds? Make sure that they do not come in contact with said chicks. Good luck and hoping for the best!

 

Regards,

Leaf

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I don't have any other chickens. Just these. When they sneeze I can feel some moisture spray outward. Their eyes look fine and there noses don't look really runny. I am work now but can take pictures later. What should I give them? I've read so many different things. They are acting normal as well. Thank you!!!
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I don't have any other chickens. Just these. When they sneeze I can feel some moisture spray outward. Their eyes look fine and there noses don't look really runny. I am work now but can take pictures later. What should I give them? I've read so many different things. They are acting normal as well. Thank you!!!


Well, then you most probably won't have to cull as long as you only keep these chickens. Can you purchase any Tylan for their water? Give them some electrolytes and just wait it out as you use the antibiotics. Make sure they are eating as well. Good luck!

 

Regards,

Leaf

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i actually called the feed mill I got them from and picked up a antibiotic for them. Thanks for the help I hope this works.
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i actually called the feed mill I got them from and picked up a antibiotic for them. Thanks for the help I hope this works.


Good luck! :fl

 

Regards,

Leaf

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Wondering how your chicks did with the sneezes meghannybarra? My runty little Marans was the only one of my six (mixed flock) that started a cute little delicate sneeze at 3 weeks of age. I changed their bedding to a supposedly less dusty variety, added some vitamins to their water and watched her like a hawk. I had also just backed off their light a bit (it's mostly decoration at this point), and she is the least feathered. Now almost a week later, I hardly ever see the sneeze, but it is still present, and I can almost localize it to her left nare. She never had runny eyes or nasal discharge. I associate it with her drinking behavior, but who knows. The others seem to raise up their beaks to swallow and she does not. She is also the most rambunctious "forager", scratching adorably since day one. I'm a newbie and a little hypervigilant about my first chicklets. I'd love to get them the heck out of my bathtub and outside but this New England spring is not giving us a break..

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Hi they are doing very well. After some watching and investigating I think it is the bedding. They still sneeze every now and then but other than that they act fine! They are getting very big and fast! Good luck with your little ones!!!!
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