A Quick Question

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by clubby, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. clubby

    clubby Out Of The Brooder

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    Does sneezing always develop into something else ? id rather not give them antibiotics unless they realy need them.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Chickens do not get colds. If they are sneezing consistantly, there is a respiratory illness at work.

    Antibiotics may or may not help, as many diseases are viruses, and will not be treated by anti-biotics.
     
  3. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    It is a hard call when your chickens are sneezing. If they have a respiratory virus or bacterial infection, and you wait to long to treat it, the chickens can be dead before you know how bad things really are. Chicken rarely show that they are sick, and can die before you even know that they were sick. Most animals that are very low on the food chain, will hide any sign of illness. This can make it hard to know when the are truly ill.

    I guess if it was my flock, and only one hen was sneezing a lot, that I wouldn't treat them with drugs. But if all the chickens were sneezing I would treat them asap. I agree that if it is a virus that there may not be much you can do to effectively treat them.
     
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  4. clubby

    clubby Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering can they just catch cold , thank you for the quick reply.
     
  5. clubby

    clubby Out Of The Brooder

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    I had some birds staying with me briefly , they were seperated from my own flock but within 3days a few of mine fell ill ,ie 1 with a closed eye ,1 with a rattly chest and another with puffy eyes , i had them on antibiotics and all have recovered glad to say but the owner denies it came from his birds ,it just seems a bit of a coincidence .
     

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