One of my hens sneezes constantly!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Butterflies, Dec 26, 2017.

  1. Butterflies

    Butterflies In the Brooder

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    I've posted on facebook asking for advice on one of my particularly large Cochin hens. I bought her as a novice chicken owner, she's just over a year old. I think, now, after research that she once suffered from a Pendulous Crop that won't ever fully be normal - despite my efforts to keep her crop healthy, and no sour crop symptoms, its quite large and swings just like Pendulous Crop (from what I've read). She's had it since I had her, but I didn't know better.
    On top of that, she's been sneezing constantly for about a month. I have 4 other hens who have absolutely no sneezing symptoms, either. I freaked out at first, and I quarantined her from the flock and went by the advice that with some TLC, minimal stress and a dust-free environment, it'd likely go away. I chose to follow this advice after discovering no other illness symptoms other than her sneezing - no discharge, no runny nose, no puffy eyes, nothing I can see in her ears, in fact she appears to be a normal, sociable, laying hen. I kept her quarantined and the sneezing subsided almost completely for a couple weeks, and she went back into the flock because I could see being away from them was causing her more stress. It was fine until last 2 weeks, when I noticed her sneezing again. Actually, I heard it in rapid succession. I know its only her, because I spy on the girls from my home office for at least an hour a day. She always sneezes when she's drinking. She drinks, sneezes, then keeps her beak slightly ajar (much like people do just before another sneeze comes on). It worries me. I tried her on crumble food in isolation, but I can't stop her eating her normal food when she's in with the girls. It's a mix made from my local fodder store, and it's quite expensive and very good for hens I was told. They all love it, lots of seeds and yummy things. They also get garden scraps from my neighbours.
    Are the pendulous crop and sneezing at all related? We don't have any poultry vets where I live, and they simply can't recommend anything in terms of treatment when I ask. No one else has even peeped a sneeze once. Any natural remedies I should try?
     
  2. Care for chicks

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    Do you know about homeopathic remedies?
     
  3. Care for chicks

    Care for chicks Chirping

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    If you don't, look up homeopathic remedies for your sick chicken. I hope your hen gets better;)!
     
  4. Butterflies

    Butterflies In the Brooder

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    No I don't, but I will!
     
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  5. BDutch

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    No despair. I had a chicken once that was sneezing for 6 weeks. After 4 weeks the sneezing got better, bit by bit.
    I have no experience with such a crop. For the crop condition you could offer small pebbles / grinded stones. Chickens need that to grind the food if they eat gras , herbs, e.g.
     
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    :wee:bun:hugs:woot:goodpost:
     
  7. DaviJones

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    I once had my chicks sneezing a bit when they were in the brooder (about six weeks old because I still had to put a roof on the coop) and read something about oregano aiding in fighting off illnesses, so I gave them some(put in their feed) and with a day or two the sneezing had completely stopped. I don't know if its the same thing (I believe mine had that respiratory problem caused by the environment of the brooder, dust, dampness as they spilled their waterer a lot, etc) but I suppose it's worth a shot. I believe it was said to have anti-mirobial properties and boost the immune system but I could be wrong so please feel free to correct me on that:)
     
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