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  1. <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3

    <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All my chickens sneeze, One shakes his head, and I can sometimes hear him breathing what do I treat with, do I need to?
     
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    <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3 :

    All my chickens sneeze, One shakes his head, and I can sometimes hear him breathing what do I treat with, do I need to?

    It sounds like you're dealing with a respiratory disease. You can give your birds tylan to treat them.​
     
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    <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I know where to get it, what do I do with it? put it in their water? If so how many drops for the chicks, and flock waterer? For how long?
     
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    roxyblue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    also:
    what bedding are you useing?

    how long have the symptoms been showing?

    have you changed their bedding recently?


    It may be something in their surroundings, this has happened to me before.
     
  5. <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3

    <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some pine straw/ old clothes. Ummmm end of sep, begging of nov... could have been befor that too. I started useing de recently, and ACV [​IMG]
     
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    roxyblue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    could their be any mold around? AVC is good, I heard putting garlic in water can also build up their immune systems, I use both in my chickens water. I don't think DE would cause this, ya, I would go with tylan....you can find it at tractor supply.
     
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    CMV Flock Mistress

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    DE will definitely cause respiratory symptoms. It's a well-known respiratory irritant. You also shouldn't use cloth as a bedding material. It will mold/mildew and could also cause problems.
     
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    Quote:x2
     
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    roxyblue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ohh!!!! I haven't heard that before!!! oops, sorry. Well I learn something new every day..........[​IMG]
     
  10. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I just wanted to mention that if you have a very small coop you can use newspaper (just change it daily, lol). There are some folks on BYC who just do that as part of the daily care. If you get a newspaper that is a free way to go.

    For the nest boxes you can use shredded paper (from a paper shredder).

    Pine needles sitting on the ground will be damp if you have had rains. Chickens are very sensitive to molds, so I wouldn't recommend replacing your dry current pine straw with some from the ground unless it is very dry.

    I recommend pine shavings if you cannot reach into the coop easily to change out bedding often. DE mixed into the shavings is fine, but mine still got mites even with that (I wasn't dusting the birds at that time). It is true that it is dusty. I used it sprinkled on the floor for awhile...a long while...and I thought I would cough myself into oblivion until I figured out to hold my breath.

    I switched to sweet PDZ to keep the floor dry. I like it better since it is much less dusty (the powder, not the granules). It is a horse stall refresher.

    They need a litter to turn the poo into so that it is not sitting on the surface, or you could use something that you change out all the time. I myself chose to make the whole floor of my shed coop into a poop board and sprinkled sweet PDZ every day after scraping all the poo up. This will eventually ruin the floor, but I found that I had an incredible mite problem every time I tried to use pine shavings as litter (deep litter method). This will not work during the 10-20 degree weather we get for a short time and I had to wait for it to thaw.
     

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