Chick making strange noise

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kimberlass, Mar 31, 2018.

  1. Kimberlass

    Kimberlass Chirping

    40
    68
    84
    Mar 1, 2018
    Pittsburgh
    Hello! New to chickens here! This morning when I was checking on my three chicks, I noticed one is now making a coughing/sneezing sound. She seems okay otherwise but the noise is really concerning me.

    She’s a little less than a week old. She’s in pine bedding, and has been drinking and eating normally (just chick starter.) She has had a couple pasty butt run ins but seems to be okay in that regard right now. She is a Black australorp (the black and yellow one.)

    Is there anything I can do to help her?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    42,876
    25,945
    1,012
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Where did your chicks come from? Sneezing can sometimes be from something irritating the nostrils, such as dust in the feed or bedding. Look for wet spots in the bedding that can grow mold. Other causes can be a respiratory infection, such as infectious bronchitis or MG, but I would suspect environmental problems at this age unless they were exposed to other older chickens who may have been carriers.
     
  3. Kimberlass

    Kimberlass Chirping

    40
    68
    84
    Mar 1, 2018
    Pittsburgh
    They are from a local hatchery that is very well reputed, so my guess is it’s my doing. I’ve been changing the bedding once a day and the paper towels that the food/water is on two times a day.

    I’m worried I chilled her when cleaning her vent? She is being super active right now (a little too active, she loves digging and pecking the floor of the brooder) and I haven’t heard a sneeze in about 20 minutes, but they were pretty frequent this morning.
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    42,876
    25,945
    1,012
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Hopefully, she will be fine. I don’t like to get them wet if they are outside in cold weather. I haven't had baby chicks for a few years, but I usually keep mine in the house for a couple of weeks, and that is warmer when dealing with a messy vent.
     
    Kimberlass likes this.
  5. Kimberlass

    Kimberlass Chirping

    40
    68
    84
    Mar 1, 2018
    Pittsburgh
    They’re in a pretty warm room in the house and have their brooder plate to keep extra toasty. She seems to do it after eating, I wonder if she just gets food dust on her little beak?
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    42,876
    25,945
    1,012
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I see my chickens occasionally sneeze when they are eating, so that may be it.
     
  7. LittleNikki

    LittleNikki Hatching

    6
    3
    9
    Mar 29, 2019
    I have a baby black australorp doing the same thing currently in the video. Did OP figure out what was wrong? Did it clear up on its own?
     
  8. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    42,876
    25,945
    1,012
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: