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Sick chicks or nothing to worry about??? plz help

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Okay so we got our chicks about a week ago now the lady said that they were 6 weeks old when we got them but none of them have head feathers and a few have some chest feathers they still have fuzzy like the lil baby chicks so I think they're actually younger than that anyways a couple of them are sneezing but from what I've read that's nothing abnormal when they get too much water in their nose or the dust or excetera and I noticed a couple of them did have diarrhea and one the other day did have a little snot bubble coming out of its nose but it was clear, other than those things they run around fine and act normal I'm just curious are these things that need to be worried about or not, any advice would be awesome this is our first time with chickens and my kids are so excited they named all of them 😊
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An occasional sneeze is nothing to worry about, but sneezing often, combined with nasal drainage is probably a respiratory disease, such as infectious bronchitis (IB) or mycoplasma (MG). If you see eye drainage or swelling around eyes, that is more likely MG. Tylan and oxytetracycline are commonly used to treat MG, while bronchitis is a virus that has to run it's course. IB  will make carriers of the flock for 1 year, while MG makes carriers for life. Hopefully it is just dust from the bedding and feed, but keep an eye on them. Pictures of the chicks might help in guessing ages. Here is a good reference about common diseases including the two above:

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044

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thank you for the advice it was really helpful I'm not seeing anything red around their eyes and their eyes are not draining none of them were sneezing today and i have not seen snotty noses but several of them do still have diarrhea so I don't know if that is something to be concerned about or not I try to post a picture of some of them bit its not the best I couldn't get too close to them without them running away and exploring
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Edited by dixiegirl87 - 3/20/16 at 4:38pm
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Chicks can have a lot of different droppings, including the occasional cecal dropping which looks like caramel or chocolate syrup. Put some Probios powder or probiotics in their water a few days a week to help their immunity. Watch for symptoms of coccidiosis symptoms, which are common in chicks 3-20 weeks old, and include sitting hunched, lethargy, mucus or blood in poop, and not eating. Corid is good for treatment. 

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Ok thank you so much, there is so much to learn about them so im sure i will have tons of questions as they grow, i was so excited to find this website with so much helpful info and such friendly and caring people who are more than happy to share advice and their experiences 🐔, oh and so far they all look to be doing well today i dunno if i mentioned or not bit we have 3 buff Orpingtons 4 RIR, and a grey one and a black one ary i dont remeber what the seller called them but i do know one of the two are an easter egger
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