Cure for chickens with stuffy, runny, noses?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Ivybird, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. Ivybird

    Ivybird Out Of The Brooder

    My two Serama hens have stuffy, runny noses.
    What could I give them to cure it? It hasn't effected there eating, drinking, or activities, there acting like healthy chickens.
    But they are constantly sneezeing, and have stuffy, runny noses. I've been dabbing a bit of peppermint extract on there wings which helps open there air ways and help them breath better, but I'd like to find somthing that will cure it all together.
    There not acting like there in danger of dieing, but I don't think its to plesant for them.

    Any help would be appericated, if you have links to an online store with medication to help cure this would be amazeing.
    Thanks, Ivy.
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
  3. WallTenters

    WallTenters Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2010
    Sweet Home, OR
    Sounds like a CRD. I would NOT allow them near any other birds, and realistically culling is the safest option. Even if you use an antibiotic, they will still shed the disease to your other birds, or any other birds you/they come in contact with.
  4. Ivybird

    Ivybird Out Of The Brooder

    I do not have other birds. The chickens aren't coughing, they don't have swollen eyes, wattles, and they are still laying. There droopings are normal colored, they are eating and drinking normally I let them outside today and they ran around peacked and scratched at dirt, dust bathed and laid eggs.
    Besides the runny/stuffy nose, theres nothing wrong with them. I don't think its somthing bad. They have had it for about a month or two after they got a bit chilled when I transported them when it was snowing. So I think its just a cold, they would have died by now I would think if it was somthing serious.
    I took a look at the links it doesnt sound at all like what they have.
  5. froggiesheins

    froggiesheins Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 14, 2010
    Jurupa Valley, CA
    How old are your birds??? Thats a LONG time for them to be sneezing/snuffling....Do you keep them inside or outside? IF they are outside, bring them in so see if it helps the sniffles. Sometimes young birds cannot handle the cold. You can also boost their systems with vitamin water OR electrolytes and high energy foods: eggs/yogurt/mealworms etc...
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Chickens dont get colds, they get a specific disease. However, have you considered it might be an environmental problem? For example; dust from feed, pollen, ammonia fumes from soiled bedding, dust in general, pesticides, improper ventilation in the coop, straw or hay dust, DE, etc...All these issues can be corrected or eliminated.
  7. irmad

    irmad Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2013
    I also have a bird that has like a runny nose and sneezing. Lays fine... eating and drinking fine... has itfor three weeks now... hasn't past it on to anyone..

    I wonder what it is..... just doesn't go away... is there anything I can give them?
  8. mjhclifton

    mjhclifton New Egg

    Dec 27, 2013
    Central Coast California
    I have a 6 month old Rhode Island Red who sounds like she has a stuffy nose and rattley breathing. I also have a four month old Buff Orp who sounds fine. Noticed it the first time on 12-24-13 and have to say it does sound a little worse today. How do you know when to medicate? Also, I just put a piece of linoleum in their coop. Would that make a difference? I'm also unsure of how much ventilation they need in their coop. I'm afraid of it getting too cold for them at night. How much ventilation should they have? Their coop is a 4 x 3 dog house converted and I cut a hole on both sides 4# in diameter and covered it in screen. I shut their door also at night.
  9. irmad

    irmad Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2013
    Ideally you need a small heater or a heater bulb... make sure there's no draft going into your coop.... I think the best method is isolation from other hens straight away and eventually if the symptoms dont get any better then you should do your chicken a favour and cul it.... a few of my birds coght this disease.... had to cul them to spread further outbreak. ..
  10. LuckyLouanne

    LuckyLouanne Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 17, 2013
    I was wondering what the outcome was for your hens? I have one that seems to have a clear liquid that drips from it's nose occassionally.

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