Hen sneezing/ maybe wheezing

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by EmptyNesterNoMore, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. EmptyNesterNoMore

    EmptyNesterNoMore In the Brooder

    Oct 14, 2009
    One of our hens was sneezing this morning, pretty forceful (could it be a cough instead?). Her breathing is definitely not normal, but not really sure if it is a wheeze or labored. It is definitely louder and more noticable. No gunk in eyes, or ears. I separated her from the rest of the flock but am unsure what else to do. Her feathers look like they normally do as does everything else. I did try to review info on this site but kinda overwhelming which may be because I am too worried to think clearly. We have 40 chickens who have been together since their arrival in April. The hens are all laying but I can't tell you for sure if she has had any change. She, along with 19 others, are RIR's so I can't differentiate their eggs. Thanks for any assistance or input you can give me.

    In case this info is needed. The chickens have a well insulated and ventilated coop with plenty of room for all of them. There is straw on the floors and in the nesting boxes. We turn the straw daily with a pitchfork and change it as needed. They also have a large outdoor pen that is covered and secure, however we do let them out to free range about 4 to 6 hours a day. We are on many acres and they have always stayed on our property. They are fed Dumor 15% along with occasional treats or additions like bread, boiled eggs, fruit, vegies, cheerios, yogurt, etc. They have clean fresh water that is changed/refilled at least twice a day and those containers are spot cleaned daily with a heavy duty scrub down once or twice a week.
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2009

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