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new hen started sneezing after scuffle

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jermoatc, May 22, 2011.

  1. jermoatc

    jermoatc Songster

    Feb 5, 2011
    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?

  2. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

    Oct 7, 2010
    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.
  3. TeriyakiChicken

    TeriyakiChicken Songster

    Apr 23, 2011
    Western Australia
    one of my hens started to sneeze too so i went to the vet clinic and got some stuff for it

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