Do chickens get colds??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pepperlady, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. pepperlady

    pepperlady Out Of The Brooder

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    I am fairly new to raising chickens and think that I might have one with a cold?? She's about 8-10 weeks old and is a RIR. She is a little smaller than all my other pullets, but healthy. I haven't seen any drainage but she seems to have a rattle when she breathes sometimes. I think that I have even heard her sneeze a time or two. We had a pretty wet week last week with cooler temps than normal, but mostly still hot like only Alabama can get. Oh! And my chickens free range during daylight hours if that matters.

    Any ideas, thoughts or suggestions on what to watch out for? If it were my children, I would just keep an eye on them & see if their behavior worsened, so right now that is the approach that I am taking with my pullet. Should I try anything different?[​IMG]
     
  2. FarmCoe

    FarmCoe Flock Mistress

    May 22, 2010
    Planet Earth
    Yes, chickens can get sick. In my opinion, you should just separate her from the rest and give her medicated food. If she gets worse, ask someone more experienced than me [​IMG]
     
  3. pepperlady

    pepperlady Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! She is on medicated starter feed.
     
  4. pepperlady

    pepperlady Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, so after reading a TON of threads on here with various birds I think that I am going to put some GSE in their water and possibly even go pick up a wormer at the feed store. My birds free range & I have never wormed them, so it couldn't hurt. Any other suggestions?
     

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