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Help! Chicken suddenly started sneezing, shaking its head, occasional weird breathing

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Shadowsfate, Oct 22, 2016.

  1. Shadowsfate

    Shadowsfate In the Brooder

    Apr 5, 2013
    I was with my chicken and she was fine one second and then she was out of site for a minute and suddenly she had several fits of sneezing, some minimal drooling, some head shaking, a few gaspy breaths, and she seems more lethargic? I have no idea what but maybe she ate something bad? what should I do?? Would respiratory infections appear suddenly like this??

  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Free Ranging

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    How is she doing now?

    It sounds like she may have inhaled or swallowed something wrong (?)
    Sometimes they can get food/debris in their nares (nostrils) or have stridor (inhale particles of food/debris).

    Respiratory illness generally would not come on quite as suddenly. You would see a progressing on sneezing, coughing, wheezing, runny nose/eyes.

    If she is still lethargic, then separate her. Inspect inside her beak, throat and nares to see if there is anything blocking them.

    Let us know how she's doing.

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