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i bought 4 hens about 2 months ago and they were sneezing. Put them in a pen by themselves and treated them with tetracycline. Thought they were find after a week. Let them go with my other hens. Now i have a few more sneezing as well. So now i am giving them electrolytes for the past 5 days and have not seen any improvements. They just sneeze, but have no running nose.  They eat and drink find.  They are all running lose outside during the day.    I would like to know if i treated them all again with tetracycline would that help.  Or is there something else i could try.  Tried yogurt, apple cider too.Any advice would be appreciated.  These hens are my pets.

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You likely introduced a respiratory disease into your flock. The sneezing ones had the disease, and giving them tetracycline cured the symptoms but the disease cannot be cured. The birds will now carry it for life and you can treat the symptoms when they flare up but the disease will never truly be gone. You can also now never sell birds out of your flock, or chicks you hatch, or even hatching eggs because the disease can pass from the mother into the egg and any chicks hatched can be born with it.

Your choices are to either run a closed flock, never selling or giving birds from your flock to anyone else, and to know that any new birds you introduce will also develop the disease, or to cull the whole flock, wait a few months, and start over with new birds.

This is likely CRD, caused by mycoplasma. It can cause a drop in egg production and can cause birds to just be more poorly overall. If you want to be sure of what disease you have, you can cull one and send it off for necropsy. Maybe it will come back as something less serious, but you should prepare for the worst just in case.
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 I have to wait a couple of months before getting new hens.   But for now i want to clean and disinfect the coop.  This time i will be more careful buying hens. 

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i bought 4 hens about 2 months ago and they were sneezing. Put them in a pen by themselves and treated them with tetracycline. Thought they were find after a week. Let them go with my other hens. Now i have a few more sneezing as well. So now i am giving them electrolytes for the past 5 days and have not seen any improvements. They just sneeze, but have no running nose.  They eat and drink find.  They are all running lose outside during the day.    I would like to know if i treated them all again with tetracycline would that help.  Or is there something else i could try.  Tried yogurt, apple cider too.Any advice would be appreciated.  These hens are my pets.
I would do some research on infectious bronchitis. It's main symptom is sneezing, and extremely infectious. Most chickens recover from the virus, but may remain carriers for up to a year. Any new chickens exposed during that period may become infected, and will keep the disease going. Waiting a year before hatching or adding new birds may get rif of it in your flock, if that is what it is. IB is the most common respiratory disease in chickens.
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I have experience with mycoplasma gallisepticum but this usually progresses from sneezing, sneezing with clear mucous discharge, wheeze/rattle/rales when breathing then eventually if untreated to foamy eye/bubbles and then swollen shut eye. Tylan injected subcutaneously works amazing but you have to dose each bird for a few days. Denegard has kept my MG flock of 50 symptom free for 9 months. Just have to keep ontop of it by watching for sneezing, listening for rales and isolating immediately at any signs.

Single white female living in the deep south of Ontario with 2 cats and:

 

I have 15 chickens and 3 muscovies (Hamish is the drake (bought him at an Amish auction), and 2 females). 

13 hens: Columbian Rock (5), Barred Rock (1), RIR (1), New Hampshire Red (2), Black Sex Link (4)

2 roosters: Columbian Rock (1), and one accidental Barred Rock (1)

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Single white female living in the deep south of Ontario with 2 cats and:

 

I have 15 chickens and 3 muscovies (Hamish is the drake (bought him at an Amish auction), and 2 females). 

13 hens: Columbian Rock (5), Barred Rock (1), RIR (1), New Hampshire Red (2), Black Sex Link (4)

2 roosters: Columbian Rock (1), and one accidental Barred Rock (1)

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would spraying the coop with vinegar and wait till it dries and than spray it with peroxide help disinfect the coop or do i need something stronger

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I think for respiratory illness Oxine is the recommended cleaner as it disinfects leagues more than bleach and water. I use it as well as in a humidifier in the coop. Alternatively I would think bleach would be the next choice. I would search more on here in terms of disinfectants....but I do know Oxine is the best (non activated) for very small organisms like mycoplasma

Single white female living in the deep south of Ontario with 2 cats and:

 

I have 15 chickens and 3 muscovies (Hamish is the drake (bought him at an Amish auction), and 2 females). 

13 hens: Columbian Rock (5), Barred Rock (1), RIR (1), New Hampshire Red (2), Black Sex Link (4)

2 roosters: Columbian Rock (1), and one accidental Barred Rock (1)

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Single white female living in the deep south of Ontario with 2 cats and:

 

I have 15 chickens and 3 muscovies (Hamish is the drake (bought him at an Amish auction), and 2 females). 

13 hens: Columbian Rock (5), Barred Rock (1), RIR (1), New Hampshire Red (2), Black Sex Link (4)

2 roosters: Columbian Rock (1), and one accidental Barred Rock (1)

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