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Please Help-- sneezing, diarrhea.....

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Momma_Cluck, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Songster

    Jun 11, 2008
    N. West Michigan
    We have 12 assorted Bantams we got all as "nestmates" in April. They seem happy, healthy and active. They are eating, drinking and acting normal, and haven't lost weight, or gotten pasty butt.

    Over the last 2 weeks, we noticed a couple occasionally sneeze- or have a small amount of nasal discharge... and we have been finding spots of diarrhea here and there in the coop.

    They have had their feed changed a couple times due to availability--- they started on Dumor, then Purina, back to Dumor... now they are on a lower protein feed that is freshly made to order at the Farmers Feed Co-op (came highly recomended).

    They use pine shaving bedding (Just added straw yesterday when they were moved to bigger coop) and get occasional treats of oatmeal or yogurt.

    Earlier tonight, my daugher was sitting with her favorite hen on her shoulder-- the hen shook her head a couple times--throwing "water"(?) onto my daughter both times....

    How concerned should we be?
    What should we do/give them?
    We are in an area with absolutely NO Vets that deal with poultry at all.... only options for meds is the Tractor Supply Company or the Farm co-op.

    Could this be just due to dust, and a lack of being outdoors? they've been strictly indoors-- tho well venthilated....
    We also have 10 more Younger Birds that we were supposed to introduce now that we have the larger coop-- but are afraid to now.....

  2. Lanissa86

    Lanissa86 Songster

    Mar 26, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    Sorry I can't help, but I hope someone chimes in. I have 2 new birds with the same symptoms. [​IMG]
  3. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Songster

    Jun 11, 2008
    N. West Michigan
    I'm hoping that since it's just an occasional sneeze- that the sneezing is from the dust in the woodshavings .... and maybe the diarrhea from change of diet?????

    These are my daughters 4-h birds--and she's very attached, as shes raised them in her room since they were 4 days old.
    She thinks they are going to die because of all the diseases that list sneezing and diarrhea as possible symptoms.... and is in tears all the time worrying.

    But there is no wheezing, gasping or coughing...and the sneezing is only 1-2 sneezes by one bird at a time (only seen 3 that do it) and is VERY occasionally.... and I've not seen snotty noses or runny eyes....

    I WISH there was a Vet that knew about poultry near here!!! A culture could put this all to rest!

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