I have three sneezing chickens, one of which had a runny nose (cleared up today). And I have one that is pretty sick, still active but with a swollen, bubbly eye. All except one are inside tonight. I'm sure whatever it is, my whole flock has been exposed.
Recently, I took in two new chickens. I normally quarantine, but didn't this time. Won't be doing that again... It's one of the new ones that has the swollen eye.
I am leaning towards something infectious, but (it gets worse) I also forgot to change their poop trays for two weeks. I just changed them tonight and man were they full. I have 13 chickens, ten of which are bantams, but it was still a lot of poop. The weather has been freezing lately so it didn't really smell, but I'm wondering if that's the reason some of them got sick? Could it be a respitory thing from ammonia even if there was very little to no ammonia smell?
Please don't flame me. I feel really bad right now. At the moment I am working on treating them naturally but if there is no improvement by morning I am giving them meds. I know it might be Corzya (sp?) and that I will never be able to rehome a bird. I am usually pretty responsible, but I'm afraid this time I dropped the ball.
So my original question, *could* this whole thing be because I didn't change their litter tray or is it most likely a contagious thing? I know everyone is guessing but just interested in your opinions...