I think my leghorn pullet, blossom has a cold!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by stormylady, May 16, 2009.

  1. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    The coop leeked some during a very hard storm the other night and got the floor and the shavings wet, I noticed the next day that blossom was sneezing, she acts fine in every other way no diarrea, or coughing, runny nose nothing like that, but do you think i should give her something to help her get over it, like vits? I cleaned out all the wet shaving and put down dry clean shaving and we fixed the roof so no more leaks, but Im still alittle worried about her. Thanks Sandy
  2. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    I would separate here away from the other's....if there are other's.

    I would watch her closely. Have you noticed her sneezing all the time, or just when she eats? My hens will make a noise that sounds like a sneeze when they eat to fast.

    Watch her.......then if they sneezing doesn't stop I would start her on Tylan 50.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    If things inside the coop got wet, then the ammonia levels were up. That alone can cause sneezing. I'd be sure all wet shavings/straw are out. Barnyard is right about separating her for awhile to observe. My only difference in approach is that if she did not stop and seemed to be worse after separating a few days, I would not treat with antibiotics. (my policy is to cull if its respiratory due to the carrier nature of certain diseases--technically, chickens do not get head colds).
  4. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    I did clean out all of the shavings and put DE down under the new shaving to help the wooden floor dry out as well, The shavings were less than a week old and there was no smell just the wet shavings smell. and it was just over night, I would hate to have to cull her because she sneezed a couple of times, she isnt coughing, no diarrea, no runny eyes or nose, it was just a couple of sneezes, the storm was pretty sever and the wind was blowing pretty good, I haven't heard a sneeze since the other day. Are you sure that i should cull her? I even went out side and listened to her breathing, I probably looked pretty silly out there holding the chicken to my ear, LOL but I honestly could here no conjestion, or wheezing of any sort. If your sure I should i will but I would hate to do it because she is a really nice little girl. Thanks Sandy:(
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    No, I didn't say to cull her now, just to separate and observe her. If she then gets worse or develops other symptoms, that would be the time to make a decision. Could be environmental, with your bout of wet you had in there.
  6. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    Yes I would put the vitamins in the water
    and give her some
    wet mash probiotic
    3 tbsp of dry crumbles
    1 tbsp of yogurt
    add 1/4 tsp of vitamins
    5-1/2 tbsp of milk
    mix good and feed this to her
    and see she cleans it up in 20-30 minutes
    by putting it in a little dish you then can take and cover it with suranwrap and store it in the frig and give it to her for supper
    she needs this probiotic to help her

    my thought is she may just have gotten a bunch of dried bedding in the lungs and was trying to get it out
    but isolate her for a week or so and see if she gets any more sneezes

    email me for some other tips PM me
  7. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Quote:Oh thank goodness, I did separate her, but I haven't heard any more sneezes, how long should I keep her separated away from the others? Thanks Sandy
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I'd shoot for five or six days, probably, but play it by ear. If she just stops, then it was probably something she aspirated or the wetness she's reacting to.
  9. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Will do! Thanks so much, Sandy
  10. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    cold weather and wet weather plays a role in chickens sneezing at times but just keep an eye out tho in case it developed into something more serious.

    I know you dont have any wild birds or introduce new chickens to your flock so contagious diseases may not be there. I, too, am suffering from headaches, running nose and rotator cuff pain it would make the situation worse.

    So far my girls are doing well!

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