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My 6 week old bantam is sneezing and shaking her head. Is this something I should be worried about. If so what should I do?
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I just cleaned bedding and noticed discharge from nasal. Please help.
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Where did this chick come from-- a breeder, a hatchery, feed store, or did you hatch it? Respiratory diseases can be dormant in flocks, but can show up in new chicks around this age, or in older chickens when stressed. Sneezing can be due to disease, poor air circulation, mold, or from dusty feed or coop conditions. Viral infectious bronchitis can cause sneezing and runny nose, while MG (mycoplasma,) coryza, anΒ ILT can cause wheezing, and many other symptoms.

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I bought 3 two week old chicks from a breeder a couple of weeks ago and all 3 of them were sneezing, shaking their heads etc. It turned out it was from where they'd had their vaccinations and had 'colds' as a side effect. They've all got over it since and are now fine.

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I bought her from the feed store. She is very small compared to the others I bought at same time. She is about the size of 1 week old golden sex links I just bought. All of the other chicks I bought when I got her I have moved out to coop. I have kept her in brooder because of her size as others, before I moved them, were picking on her.

Yesterday I started Arlene, Jr. on an antibiotic because of sneezing and clear discharge from nose. She is by herself, I am also medicating other chicks I just bought as Arlene was fine until I brought new chickens into garage. Although they are in separate container, they are right next to where Arlene, Jr. is.

Arlene, Jr. doesn't seem to be sneezing quite as much as she was yesterday. I had to force her to drink, she wasn't eating. Today she is drinking on her own and can get her to eat some moistened food. I've had tocrumble up some (can't think of name right now but it's those dried worms) and sprinkled it over moistened food and this is how I got her to start eating late last night.

Does this sound like I'm doing the right thing?
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Today is day 3 on antibiotics, she is doing much better. I was watching her for 1/2 hr and she didn't sneeze once. None of the other chicks have gotten sick. Will post a picture of her soon along with a 2 week old golden sex link so you can see the size difference. She was 3 days old when I got her on 4/28/16. She is so little.
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Hopefully she won't have to be alone for very long. Can you place a small mirror and a little fuzzy stuffed animal in close to her? Some people even use feather dusters for "friends." When she is finally well, place her in with the others in a little cage so that she can be accepted by them, but not hurt until she is bigger and strong enough. Any new chicken suddenly placed with a group, will be attacked fiercely, so she will need to be re-integrated slowly.

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Didn't think about using a mirror as she hates being alone. If I'm not holding her or one of my kids all she does is chirp. My son yesterday wanted to put her back in with the others as she was lonely, he said. At least he asked me before he did it. I explained why she couldn't be with the others. He said OK and had his sister hold her for awhile.
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As you can see she is very small for her age.
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