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Chicken breathing in Sand?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chicky3, Dec 27, 2015.

  1. Chicky3

    Chicky3 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 1, 2014

    We discovered one of our chickens had been sneaking off into a sand box and laying eggs in there, and now is sneezing and we can hear her breathing although it is quite soft and not raspy or wheezing. She has no eye or nose discharge and is behaving normally but we are worried that she might have silicosis?

    If she does, what can I do about it?

    Desperate! Please help, she is a dear chicken and am freaking out a bit!
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2015
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    There are a few threads here on using sand in coops and runs. The peeps here are divided more fiercely than the North and South was during the Revolutionary war. I am in favor of sand just for the record. First, ,, what type of sand are you using ??? Here are some thoughts, views, and opinion, on using sand. Use course sand if at all possible. Construction sand is fine as long as it is the one for concrete use. Masonry sand is finer, and tuck-pointing sand is like powdered sugar. Avoid these 2 finer sands.
    I think your chicken will recover from this breathing ailment, on her own. I truly don't know of anything you can do to remedy her condition, other than keep her away from the sand. [​IMG]
    The finer the sand, the more dust prone. Dust is not good for anyone as well as chickens. JFYI.... construction sand is supposed to be washed. That means that the finer particles should have been washed out in the process. NO PROCESS IS 100% PERFECT.
  3. Chicky3

    Chicky3 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 1, 2014
    It's construction sand, that's a big relief! I've barricaded the sand pit so no chicken can hide out in there. Thanks very much for you encouraging words!

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