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Hen coughs only when I'm around

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tone3822, Dec 26, 2016.

  1. tone3822

    tone3822 Out Of The Brooder

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    This is a new hen and it's been 3 days.

    I thought she was sick because she was constantly coughing but then noticed she only does it when I'm around.

    I went out of sight and sat there for 20 minutes and she did not cough one time but as soon as I came in the pen she starts coughing immediately.

    Any ideas???
    She otherwise seems healthy.
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    Do you wear a scent or smoke? Those are really the only things I can think of that could be causing her to cough only when you are around.
     
  3. tone3822

    tone3822 Out Of The Brooder

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    I do not wear anything or smoke. She does it when anyone goes around her.
     
  4. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    Well, that is very strange. I'm not sure what could be going on. Perhaps someone else will have an idea of what it is :)
     
  5. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Hhhm, that is a bit bizarre.

    My only thought was that it could be more of a warning noise than a cough?

    Being a new hen and getting to know you it might be her way of communicating her unease?

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    Hopefully she will stop when she gets used to her new surroundings and learns that you are a friend and not foe.
     
  6. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Are you sure it is a cough?.....My Speckled Sussex greets me and makes strange sounds all the time when I first go into the Coop...She follows me around the yard making strange sounds....I never thought anything of it....


    Cheers!
     
  7. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Hi, welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I also was wondering if it was really a cough. You could always record it and post so we can see....
     

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