Achoo! Can a hen sneeze???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sparkleeyes, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. sparkleeyes

    sparkleeyes Chirping

    Aug 13, 2012
    I don't know if I just never noticed before... we've only started on our hen house journey the summer, but some of my hens make a sound like their sneezing! Is it possible that they would have a "cold"? I even noticed a couple with bubbles coming from their noses/nostrils. And my husband and I have both had head colds, although we've since recovered... I was just wondering if my hens were sick, and could there be a connection to us being sick????

    Any help appreciated.
  2. Y N dottes

    Y N dottes Songster

    Sep 1, 2012
    South Central WI
    Im not very experienced with chicken diseases etc, but i imagine all animals have their way of clearing their nassel passage.......also, i dont think most viruses can transfer from birds to humans, and vise versa.
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Chickens can sneeze, yes.

    It can be from environmental causes (like dust or ammonia levels in the coop or dusty feed) or it can be from a disease.

    Chickens don't get colds. It wouldn't be the same as us getting colds. They get respiratory diseases, though. Here is a handy page:

    Probably the most common chronic respiratory disease is mycoplasma I am guessing from reading lots of posts here on BYC. But things like avian flu and the like would be HIGHLY unlikely.

    Here is another link:
    diagnosis charts at bottom

    Generally, I would advocate looking for an environmental reason before getting all worried about a respiratory disease. I just included that info in case you need it. I think there is a blood test for MG now that a vet could administer if he/she deals with chickens. Some respiratory diseases leave the chicken an asymptomatic carrier and can even pass thru the egg to the chick.

    For absolutely knowing what the problem is, a necropsy can be done on a chicken by contacting the state vet or county extension agent I believe.

    Feed is very dusty at times, as are pine shavings. The chickens themselves put off a great amount of dust, too. If the coop collects too much poo and it isn't kept dry ammonia levels can build up. Check the coop in the morning when you open the door. If you smell ammonia then that could be the problem.
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2012
  4. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Songster

    Jan 18, 2012
    I accidentally bought Dumor later crumbles instead of pellets not too long ago and all the sudden my chickens starting sneezing like you would not believe! I would throw their feed out for them and all the sudden "ACHOO" "Achoo!" ALL over the place. I watched them and figured out it was only happening at feeding times. I swapped back over to pellets and no more sneezing. I would definitely look for environmental causes if there are not other signs of illness. If it makes you feel better you can add electrolytes or apple cider vinegar to their water. It makes me feel better. [​IMG]
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    LOL at the "achoo achoo" description. I can just imagine it. [​IMG]

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