I have a flock of 7 chicks from a hatchery, they turn 3 weeks on Monday. I'd heard the occasional sneeze, but 2 days ago I noticed some clear droplets from my Barred Rock's nostrils when she sneezed. Today I noticed it on the Buff Orpington. My silkies don't take well to close inspection so I can't tell, but at least one has the occasional sneeze.
They're living in a 5' x 3' cardboard box in my basement, on pine shavings. Moved them down there a week ago to avoid the temperature swings upstairs during the heat wave. Temps under the heat lamp are now steady at 85-86 degrees (ran a little cooler a little earlier than the recommendations based on watching their behavior). We run a dehumidifier down there 24/7 to avoid dank air developing.
All are eating chick starter only. Had some grain mites in the first bag, we replaced that and I thoroughly inspected the new bag for mold and/or mites. They all eat and drink and run and play just fine. I added SavAChick to the water in the first couple days after arrival and just started it again yesterday.
Should I worry? Ride it out? I'm wary of treating when I don't know what it is, and I'd like to avoid blasting young developing kidneys with antibiotics. I didn't bother separating anybody as I'm sure they'd already been "exposed" though to what I don't know.
We've avoided outside exposure so far and are pretty careful with handwashing etc. since we just did the Marek's vaccine a week ago.....they need to stay inside one more week. I can't imagine what did this - I didn't expect it in new chicks that haven't even been out!
I bought the Newcastle-Bronchitis vaccine and was going to give it this week - now I don't know since they're not necessarily healthy right now.
Any thoughts? Did I doom my chicks with undetected basement mold spores or something? Anything I can do?