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is it normal for chickens to sneeze when..

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by solarquail, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. solarquail

    solarquail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 27, 2009
    you move them into a new bigger coop? i dont have straw down quite yet i hope to get some soon but theyre eyes are fine theyre eating and theyre normal weight and everything is it just cause i moved them into a new coop?
  2. AmyBella

    AmyBella Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2009
    Western MA
    It turns out that my chicks were allergic to the dusty hay bedding that I used one time, so I guess it is possible that something in the new environment set off the sneezing for your birds.

    How old are they? Are they sneezing constantly?
  3. solarquail

    solarquail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 27, 2009
    no not constantly just occasionly the two that are doing it are a little less then a year old
  4. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2009
    An occasional sneeze is normal. Maybe the new coop is dusty. Open up the windows and door if possible for a 1/2 day to see if that takes care of the problem. One way I check the dust level in my coop is to go out at night with a flash light and see how much stuff is floating in the beam of light. Dust can eventually cause respiratory infections and it's hard to get rid of.

    Hay or straw is not the bedding I would suggest. Dried wood shavings from the feed store is much better. Less dust, they are absorbant and can easily be turned when the bedding gets dirty. Straw or haw mats down into flat pancakes and can cause a mold problem.

    Try a good airing out.

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