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Nostril blockage

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sjturner79, Feb 6, 2016.

  1. sjturner79

    sjturner79 Songster

    Mar 5, 2015
    South Australia
    I have s chick about 2 days old that has breathing issues, and it appears it's nostrils are blocked. Any ideas how to fix?

  2. Hholly

    Hholly Songster

    Jul 3, 2015
    Amo, IN
    Maybe keep it warm in a steamy bathroom. It may have a respiratory infection. Good luck!
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Maybe a bit of cotton wool soaked in warm water may help - kinda hold it onto the beak for a few seconds and then try wiping it - a Q-tip (I think thats what you guys call a cotton bud) would also work.

    Good luck
  4. Fancychooklady

    Fancychooklady Crowing

    Jun 14, 2012
    Tasmania. Australia
    Blocked nares could indicate an upper respiratory disease, but it could also be something as simple as having mushy feed clogged in there. If there is any chance that it is a respiratory issue you could try flushing the nare with saline in a syringe ( no needle ) and then start the bird on antibiotics. If you've been feeding a mash or wet food, you could try using the tip of a tooth pick, to very gently remove the obstruction. It is safer to have someone hold the chick while you do this.
    Examine the bird well before making a decision as to treatment and have a good sniff of its beak. Often coryza or MG will give a foul smell. Being as the chick is only a few days old foodstuff wouldn't have had a chance to sour.
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