I am very concerned and becoming very heart broken...:0(

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jolyn, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. Jolyn

    Jolyn Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    I just noticed that several of my girls are sneezing and have watery beaks....I'm assuming that is a respiratory disease of some sort. I had noticed one was making some sneezing noises the last couple of days but now several have the wet nose.
    I just read this thread....https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=116191 and now i'm heart broken at the thought that i might have to cull my birds.

    Also have to say that i have not interacted with anyone else's birds or introduced any new ones to my coop.

    Is this their fate? Would they be carriers? Should i toss the eggs from the last couple of days?

    I am absolutely heartbroken if i have to get rid of my girls.

    Very sad......
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2009

  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    ..[​IMG]..i hope not!....where is diana?..she can help you!...can birds just get a simple cold?....maybe they just have the sniffles?...[​IMG].....i wish i could help you!...heres a bump anyways...[​IMG]..
  3. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    It's probably just a cold...chickens can get them. Head colds and chest colds, just like us. If you haven't introduced any newbies to your flock, then I wouldn't panic.
  4. Jolyn

    Jolyn Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    See other posts i've read on here say that they don't get just normal colds. It's usually a disease. I'm so confused!!!!!

    I've put so much into my birds....I don't mean money i mean time and care. I would be sick if this is as bad as i thought.
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2009
  5. BJ

    BJ Songster

    Mar 20, 2007
    I have had chickens get over colds. Rub beaks with vet RX and give them electrolyte water. Provide extra warmth and darkness for rest. Best wishes!

  6. Jolyn

    Jolyn Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    BJ where do i get the Vet RX? Thanks for the info!
  7. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    We've had chickens get colds too and we have never lost one yet. A weak one might die of pneumonia, as might a weakened person. Pretty unlikely. Buck up!

  8. Jolyn

    Jolyn Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    Buck up? That made me laugh!
  9. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Songster

    Jun 22, 2008
    There is a lot of things that can cause this such as dusty feed or just dust in general, stress or illness. What I would do is to track down the State Vet. and talk to them. They may want to get blood samples to isolate the cause and then they could reccomend a course of treatment.

    Of course as with us most resp. illnesses in chickens have basically the same symptoms and it often takes some testing to figure it out.

    Dr. Richard E. Breitmeyer,
    State Veterinarian
    Dept. of Food and Agriculture
    1220 N Street, Rm A-114
    P.O. Box 942871
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Telephone (916) 654-0881
    Fax: (916) 653-4249
    E-mail: [email protected]

  10. Quote:There apparently is a disease which can spread easily. How it is spread can be from your clothing to contact with wild birds.
    It has a very low mortality rate and the chickens do eventually get over the disease. They are apparently carriers after they are well and will spread the disease (shed the virus) if stressed.

    There are people who are taking birds to the local state vet. If you
    can do this I would suggest it. It is NOT Coryza, but i can not remember the correct spelling, so I will not start it.

    Chickens do not get colds.

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