Chickens sneezing when eating scratch?

Honora

Songster
5 Years
Mar 30, 2014
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417
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Cavan, Ireland
I have been feeding my hens chicken scratch from my hand in an effort to get them to be more friendly and less flighty. I noticed something weird, though. While they are eating out of my hand they seem to sneeze every once in a while! I have not seen them sneezing at any other time, so I don't think they are sick. Could they be breathing in some kind of dust from the chicken scratch that is making them sneeze?
 

bhawk78

In the Brooder
6 Years
Jul 22, 2013
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Arizona
Ya it's the dust. When you feed them let the scratch settle in their food bowl for a while so all the dust can escape from the food.:)
 
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