so i dont know what to do. i just got these young pullets about 11 weeks old. they were very quiet on transfer to my crate. the woman told me that her childred play with them alot. and i thougght ok thats good. we got them and went home. it was dark and they seemed fine to me. i got them home and feed them and gave water (i was told they only feed twice a day so they would be hungery). they just layed in a pile. they peeped somewhat and a few raspy breathing. i heard some sneezes and i sat to listen. one was sneezing alot and stretching neck and rustling feathers out. i gave some antibiotics and wrote this email the the people i got them from. i am pretty upset. they are segregated from my flock and i havent directly touched them. im scared for my girls to get sick. wehat could it be? what should i do? could they be allergic to hay? i need some help.
what i said:
are you aware these birds are ill? they are terribly conjested and sneezing like crazy. darkly colored americana is sneezing and stretching out her neck strangely. they dont want to eat or drink. what does the rest of your flock look like? im concerned for the rest of them. if they look like this in the morning i would like my money back. did you travel with them in the bed of your truck? they may have hypothermia. im very concerned. they are all huddled up and didnt even get up when i moved the carrier. i dont want to touch them and give soemthing to my hens i already have. it is unethical to sell sick animals. i hope you make this right if they look the same in the morning
what he said:
They were not sick. Our flock is fine. They were in the cab of the truck. We have not put them in hay so perhaps they are congested from the hay. We would not sell sick birds. We have been selling for a long time. Putters wasn't any sneezing when we gave them to you. Let me know how they are in the am.