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My 9 month old Barred Rock hen began sneezing 2 weeks ago.  She doesn't have any other symptoms - no watery eyes, crust about the face, swelling, loss of appetite or energy, or decrease in egg production.  She lives with 2 other chickens, neither of which are sneezing or showing any other signs of illness.

 

I've added apple cider vinegar and a bit of citricidal to their water - is there anything else that can be done besides watching her?  I captured a video of a few of her sneezes - they seem to come in spurts.  Thanks for any help anyone can offer - I'm at a loss since there isn't anything besides a sneeze to indicate what the problem is.

 

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My 9 month old Barred Rock hen began sneezing 2 weeks ago.  She doesn't have any other symptoms - no watery eyes, crust about the face, swelling, loss of appetite or energy, or decrease in egg production.  She lives with 2 other chickens, neither of which are sneezing or showing any other signs of illness.

 

I've added apple cider vinegar and a bit of citricidal to their water - is there anything else that can be done besides watching her?  I captured a video of a few of her sneezes - they seem to come in spurts.  Thanks for any help anyone can offer - I'm at a loss since there isn't anything besides a sneeze to indicate what the problem is.

 

A lot of the time sneezes mean a problem, however sometimes there can be dirt or corn lodged in the nostril. Before worrying about any other problems, try checking her nasal and making sure its not clogged. 

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Mine is doing the same... I know this is an old post, but did you ever find out what was wrong?
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I believe it was mites... tiny red mites.  We treated our girl's sneezing with anti-parasite drops; the kind you get from a vet and apply to the nape of an animals neck. Since this post we've moved from Southern California to Seattle - during the move I disassembled our old coop and discovered the mites had totally infested the wood.  I'm sure our girls were covered in them and the medicine was simply holding them off.  After moving to the North West the problem has corrected itself.

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I have a chicken doing the same thing.  This has been going on for a month.  None of my other birds (3) have the issue. How do you look for mites?

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Part the feathers around her vent and check around her ears. You can see the eggs clustered around the base of the feathers.

 

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Australorp Chickens | Nigerian Dwarf and mini-Alpine Goats | American Blue Rabbits

 

"If not now, when?"

 

Luke 22:36

Then said He unto them,

“But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it

and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword,

let him sell his garment and buy one."

 

How I lost 70 lbs (and kept it off!): www.marksdailyapple.com

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