HELP- chicken sneezes/cough's every time while eating! ? ! ?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by GingerJane, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. GingerJane

    GingerJane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I have a 5 month old light brahama hen, and every time she eats she does a sneeze / cough, I have no idea why? she's done this for about a month or two ... Do some chickens just cough while they eat? Is she maybe like allergic to the feed?? Please help!? (Her name is Penelope)
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Does she only cough or sneeze when eating? Maybe her food is too dusty? You can try other feed or try wetting her feed to see if it helps. I would watch for other signs of respiratory disease, though.
     
  3. GingerJane

    GingerJane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How could have she gotten respiratory diseases?
     
  4. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

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    From a not-so-greatly ventilated coop, a build up of manure or a lot of rain.





    Anyway, some feeds are dustier than others, like at the bottom of the bag and that can cause it.
     
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  5. GingerJane

    GingerJane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I see maybe it is dusty.. And my coop has perfect ventilated coop, really clean, I change my wood chips constantly.
    But wouldn't the other chickens sneeze too? Or are some chickens just more sensitive to dust? Kind of like some humans are way more sensitive to pollen and sneeze and everything?
     
  6. GingerJane

    GingerJane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I researched it, and now I know whats going on, if there is now sign of sickness, but just sneeze when eating it means that eat their dry crumbled feed really fast, and my feed is pretty dry and crumbled. I just relized when I feed her like watermelon or leafs, strawberries, etc, she doesn't sneeze, its only when she eats the dry feed!! So I think I am good now, thanks for the help though! :)
     
  7. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

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    That must be it then!
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