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Brooder pneumonia?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickweezie, Sep 28, 2016.

  1. chickweezie

    chickweezie In the Brooder

    I recently stumbled on little chicks at one of the local farm supply stores (I know, probably not the most intelligent decision to get them from there, but what's done is done.). Anyway, the coop was almost ready and we went ahead and bought 8 pullets. I lost one to what I think may have been brooder pneumonia (I guess it's still called that? It's been a while). Anyway, she tanked then rebounded then crashed and burned pretty quickly so there was really no opportunity to separate her from the rest. And today when I cleaned the brooder I thought I heard one sneeze / cough / peep strangely. Is there anything I should be doing to protect or treat the remaining chicks? My best guess at age is 6 - 7 weeks. Most of them are pretty well feathered out except for their heads which are still downy. I have no idea what breeds they are if that's even relevant. THese girls are my kids' future 4H projects, anyone have any advice?
     

  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Free Ranging

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    Welcome to BYC.

    I'm sorry for your loss.

    Make sure your coop/brooder is well ventilated and bedding is kept clean and dry. Make sure there is nothing moldy.

    Chickens can sometime give an occasional sneeze when cleaning/adding bedding or stirring up dust, but if the sneezing and coughing continues and is accompanied by runny nose/eyes or symptoms of respiratory illness, then you will need to investigate further.

    There is a quite a bit of information on Aspergillosis/Brooder Pneumonia here on BYC and the web so you may want to do some research.

    Here is some reading to get you started:
    http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/poultry/aspergillosis/overview_of_aspergillosis_in_poultry.html
    http://www.ava.org.af/books/Aspergillosis.pdf
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/7/aspergillosis/
     
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2016
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