chickens sneezing, laying few eggs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by vcu hoops, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. vcu hoops

    vcu hoops New Egg

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    We've only had chickens for a little over a year, and still don't know very much about illnesses so any help would be really appreciated. We added three new chickens to our flock a couple of weeks ago, same breed and size, foolishly thinking they might get along (we were told they would be fine if we added the new chickens at night-that didn't work). We separated them again, but now our original hens are sneezing and their laying has gone from seven a day to one every other day. Is there any way to tell the difference between a harmless virus and the flu? Can viruses be transmitted through the eggs if not properly cooked or through chicken poo (which is pretty common in the yard)? Are the eggs safe to eat, or should we get rid of them until we know what's wrong with the hens?
     
  2. The Chickens' Maid

    The Chickens' Maid Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. mamaKate

    mamaKate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The more experienced people here usually say it's really hard to diagnose upper respiratory symptoms. It could be a virus, or a bacterial or fungal infection. I hope one of the experts comes to help. In any case, you and your family are in no danger from the chickens. If you haven't given them any medicine you can still eat the eggs. If you decide to get more birds, it's always a good idea to isolate the new ones for 30 days to try and find out if they have anything contagious.
     
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