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Has anyone else ever had this problem?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jennh, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. jennh

    jennh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2007
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    I noticed that Wendy, my Welsummer, was having difficulty breathing. When I picked her up to examine her, I noticed her one nostril was clogged. I haven't been able to check the other side. What is this from, and how do I clean it? Do I try to dislodge it with a toothpick? Qtips are way too big.

    Thanks for any suggestions!
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    She could have an upper respiratory illness going on right now. (Sort of like the chicken version of a stuffy or runny nose.....) They sometimes sneeze too. Does she show any other symptoms like open mouth breathing, or sneezing?
     
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  3. jennh

    jennh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2007
    Lititz
    Quote:No, just having trouble breathing 'cause of her clogged nose.
     
  4. chickengrandma

    chickengrandma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe you could take a q-tip soaked in nice warm (hot-ish) water and dab it on the nostril hole. It would loosen up whatever is plugging it and maybe she'll sneeze it out. I know my chickens sneeze pretty good and I get chicken "snot" on my once in awhile.
     
  5. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Quote:No, just having trouble breathing 'cause of her clogged nose.

    Maybe she just sniffed something into her nostril and this caused irritation and it clogged......I wouldn't worry then, but do keep an eye on her.....
     
  6. Robinreneah

    Robinreneah Out Of The Brooder

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    So how's the stuffy nosed hen???
     
  7. jennh

    jennh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2007
    Lititz
    I checked her out last night. It's just the one side that's clogged. I did use a wet Qtip to try and soften it. It was getting kind of dark, I'm not sure if it looked like mud or blood. I think she just has some hardened dirt in there. She acts normal other than having trouble breathing, which I mostly observe at night.
     
  8. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    once, at work, a kid stuffed a bean up one nostril, and the doc held the other closed and had the mom blow in his mouth...worked like a charm.
     
  9. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Achickenwrangler#1 :

    once, at work, a kid stuffed a bean up one nostril, and the doc held the other closed and had the mom blow in his mouth...worked like a charm.

    LOL [​IMG] I can just see the OP blowing in the chicken's mouth!​
     
  10. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, the funny part is when what ever it is comes out!!!
    But really, you don't want to poke it in further, then, man, it may never come out. But, I wonder how it would work, little tiny chicken beak, one nostril, clogged with something..no suction canister around
    maybe you have a bulb syringe, or could get one at a hardware store
     

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