chicken colds?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by aubreynoramarie, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

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    i dont understand. my chicks have just started going outside during the day. they are all six weeks old. i was out with them this evening hand feeding them and they were all sneezing on me. i could feel wetness and everything. i dont get it, its 85-90 degrees outside? chyicken coldS?
     
  2. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    Sneezing can mean a few different things.

    1. too dusty where they are being kept, either at night or during the day.

    2. Something irritating their sinuses like smoke or something else in the air.

    3. First signs of infection. What is called a "cold" is an infection that is either fungal, bacterial, or Viral. The first 2 can be treated, but Viral is probematic. With a virus the symptoms can be treated, but tend to come back when the bird is stressed and spreads even when no one is symptomatic.

    I hope it is one of the first 2. If you have them in a brooder at night make sure to have good ventilation. I would change the bedding now. If you use shavings, make sure they have no cedar in them. Wipe the brooder down with a damp clothe to cut down on the dust. I use a very mild bleach solution to do this.

    Be sure there are no strong scents near them. I had a friend that was buring a scented candle in the same room as the brooder and got all her chicks sneezing.

    As long as they don't show any other symptoms and the sneezing clears up in a couple days, I wouldn't worry.

    Matt
     
  3. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

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    [​IMG] ive been changing their bedding and cleaning their coop every weekend since the coop is built into our home. three of four walls on the coop are ventilated ( two are windows and one is a door into our mudroom)

    were non-smokers

    i really hope they didnt actually catch a real cold virus for baby chickens. ive grown very attatched to them! [​IMG]
    if they did, is there any solution?
     
  4. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

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    btw thanks, matt.
     

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