HELP! Chicken does not breathe through its nostrils, and uses its mouth/beak to breathe

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sus9441, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. sus9441

    sus9441 Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my chicken does not through its nostrils, and instead uses its mouth/beak to breathe. There was some noise from its breathing (from beak). I'd did a test whether it breathe from its nose or mouth by holding its nostrils- and it was okay with me blocking its nostrils.
    I've noticed that it keeps its mouth open too.

    What does these observations suggest?
    Is it just a typical cold? (because recently they have been sneezing...)
     
  2. ChickenLover172

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    Sounds like a typical cold to me, but I would still watch their behavior and see if they act lethargic or anything. If they just sit around and lose their appetite, that's not a good sign.
     
  3. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Chickens don't get simple colds like humans do, they get respiratory diseases, it is much more complicated then a cold. Could be that or it could be some other issue. If multiple birds are sneezing you may have a respiratory disease moving through your flock or it could be something environmental such as dust or other allergens. I would keep a close eye, and ear, on them to see if symptoms progress or if there is any coughing, wheezing, rattling breathing, runny/bubbly eyes. If you see progressing symptoms you may want to treat with an antibiotic to minimize losses.
     
  4. sus9441

    sus9441 Out Of The Brooder

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    how long would it normally take for them to recover?
     
  5. sus9441

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    now, around the chicken's eye is red.
     
  6. sus9441

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    its food consumption is normal, but it doesn't drink much water.
     

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