new hen started sneezing after scuffle

jermoatc

Songster
10 Years
Feb 5, 2011
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Lake Crystal, MN
I had a small backyard flock of 6 hens. I just picked up 2 new australorps and brought them home today. During the introduction one of the new australorps and one of my orpingtons (the highest on the pecking order) went at each other for a few minutes pretty aggressively. It ended fairly quickly with the new Australorp submitting, but she started sneezing. She wasnt sneezing before the scuffle. What could this be caused by?
 

BooBear

Chicken Cuddler
9 Years
Oct 7, 2010
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Conroe, Texas
Not a good sign. Sounds like she had an underling illness that popped up when she was stressed out.
Normally you should quarinteen new chickens for a minimum of 30 days prior to putting them in an introduction pen where the flock can see them. This helps give time for any illnesses to pop up without exposing your original flock.

Sneezing can be a sign of many different illnesses with respitory.
 

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