Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by albird101, Sep 11, 2014.

  1. albird101

    albird101 Chirping

    Jun 2, 2013
    So I live in a city in California and were not allowed to water the grass because of this drought so for the past 2 months my yard had been nothing but dirt and the dirt isn't compacted its really loose and causes lots of dust when you walk in it, my chickens run is first to but I'm noticing there starting to sneeze and breath really nasty like there trying to cough something up plus they have some nasal discharge coming out to I was wondering if it was the dust or is it because there sick?

  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    It probably is because of the dust.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Please go to "where am I, where are you," in the social forum. Then you can locate and post on your state thread. We have been getting lots of rain in Illinois, so I can't begin to imagine what kind of dust bowl you are experiencing. But others in California would be best to tell you how to deal with this.

    I would think putting shower curtains or the like on the fencing might keep dust from drifting into your run for now. But, with California heat that would probably make things worse in a different way.
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Drumstick diva has given you a good link. You might also want to post this on our Emergencies, Diseases, Injuries, and Cures section at Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I'm leaning more towards them having a respiratory disease, but it could certainly be the dust. I'd post this in the emergencies section; hopefully people there can help. Good luck! [​IMG]
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    Sorry to hear about your birds!

    Like Bantamlover21, I'm also leaning towards it being a respiratory disease. But, I could be wrong.
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I am not from your area, but we too lost tons of grass due to the drought and it got incredibly dusty around here too. Just blowing everywhere even as the birds walked around in it. But my birds did not start sneezing or anything. However you may have silicon in your dirt or some sort of fungus in it as well.

    You might get them on some antibacterial meds to see if you can't clear this up. Duramycin is a broad spectrum antibacterial drug that works on many respiratory ailments. But you might also hose down the area to keep the dust down. I do this a lot in the spring until the rains come enough to keep some of the dust down. Just dampen it enough to keep the dust from blowing.

    Good luck with your birds and welcome to our flock!

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