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1wk old chicks puff chests/sneezing!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by yellowblack, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. yellowblack

    yellowblack Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2016
    I don't know why they are sneezing one started to sneeze then the others started too. It sounds like babies snuffy nose. And then sneeze. Is it because not warm enoguh?? I got kinda snuffy nosed from them too. When I touched the week old chicks is it normal that they are puffed on the chest? It's like a ball. Hard puff on the chest!?!?
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2016
  2. yellowblack

    yellowblack Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2016
    Well only if I let them run around the grass they stopped sneezing until I cage them up. They live in newspaper.
  3. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

    Jan 17, 2013
    I'm thinking the "ball" on the chest is the crop. it's where the food is stored after eating. it could be dust or dander making them sneeze?
  4. yellowblack

    yellowblack Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2016
    Is there a bad side to sleeping with chicks in the same room? Cause right now I have very bad snuffy nose. And I can't breath I use mouth and it will dry. Guess that might be? And will I get soemthing else???
  5. chicken24

    chicken24 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 27, 2016
    U shouldn't use news paper be cause that spreads out there legs cause it so slippery
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2016
  6. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
    western PA
    My Coop
    get them out of your bedroom! chicks shed their down like dander. Look around your bedroom and you will find a very fine dust. It's not dust, it's chick down and can cause the sneezing and allergies you are experiencing. do not try and dust it off, that just spreads it. Use a damp cloth and wipe it off. Then wipe dry. brood your chicks outside or in the garage , not in the house.
    sounds like your chicks have a cold. take this thread over to the illness and emergency thread to get help for that. https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures
    They can be puffed up because they are cold. Your temp shoud be aroud 90 the first week and then turn it down 5 degrees a week until you reach 70 degrees. you can also tell how the chicks are reacting to your brooder temp by how they act. If they are huddled together under the light , they are cold. If they are staying away from the light they are hot. if they are gathered loosely undet he light, they are fine.
    get them off the newspaper. it is a slick surface and can cause your chicks legs to splay out like they are trying to do the "splits". Use a layer of that cheap waffle weave drawer liner from the dollar store. Or paper towel. Then after the 1st week, go to Tractor Supply or your feed store and buy a bale of hardwood shavings. Not softwood, hard wood. At Tractor Supply, it is the white bale, not the yellow bale. take out the other flooring and use a couple of inches of hardwood chips instead.
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2016
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