Sick Chickens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Vadgo, May 14, 2009.

  1. Vadgo

    Vadgo Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 17 - 8 week old chickens rare and banties breeds mixed, and 3 - 12 week old BR and BO chickens in my flock.
    They are in their coop our in the barn.
    About a week ago, I bought new pine shavings from the TSC, and I added about three inches to their bedding (I'm trying the deep little method). Soon after, one chicken started sneezing. I had been using aspen shavings before, and this new pine bedding was a lot dustier than the other, so I figured the chicken was just sneezing. I kept an eye out for the next few days, and checked the chicken, no signs of anything wrong.

    Last night when I went into the coop, a banty roo was sneezing, along with what I think is a phoenix hen. My 12 week old barred rocks were sneezing too, and one mottled houdan. I spent some time taking a good look, and listening to their breathing. I didn't see any runny discharge from their nostrils at first, eyes look bright and good, but the phoenix hen was wheezing. Then she sneezed and I felt a spray of wetness on my hand, it looks clear. The houdan has some clear discharge in the nostril, but they all act normal and alert. No one seems sick, except for the sneezing.
    Also, my 12 week BO has diarrhea. It's brown, all liquid, no white.

    I put Vi-tal in their water and gave them some yogurt. I'm working on putting chicken wire on my dog kennel for a quarantine setup (though I'm worried that the cats will still be able to get to the chickens through the wire). Is it too late to quarantine if they have some sort of infection/virus?

    Can I treat them with anything or just let it run it's course. Chickens have never been outside since I'm afraid my barn cats will pick them out one by one! One night the door in the coop didn't close right and I lost two chickens (a 9 week old BO, and a 6 week old banty) and came into the coop the next morning to find one of the barn cats sleeping with the chickens!
    I can't be certain that it was my cats, could have been the tom, but still.

    Anyway, any help or advice would be appreciated. I really don't want to cull if I don't have to.
     
  2. thebritt

    thebritt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Humboldt County
    Have you considered changing back to aspen shavings? Might save a lot of time and energy (also prevent unneccesary medications), and would be more like a "scientific" approach. If the sneezing continues a few days after the switch back, then I would try the treatment approach. I, personally, get a little wheezy and sneezy from pine due to known allergies. Good luck - hopefully that's all it is!
     
  3. Vadgo

    Vadgo Out Of The Brooder

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    From now on I'll only use aspen shavings. Since they can't go outside yet, I'm a little reluctant on taking the bedding out and creating even more dust. I was planning on putting the aspen shavings on top for now and see what happens (though I know they stir it all up when they scratch).

    I'll take out all of the birds that are sneezing tonight into the kennel and protect it as best I can (and pray the cats don't rip them out through the chicken wire.)

    And keep them separate for a week or so and see what happens.
    Meantime, I'll keep the vitamins in the water. I don't want to medicate if I don't have to, but I think I'd like to have the antibiotics in hand just in case. What should I buy?
     
  4. thebritt

    thebritt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Humboldt County
    I know it's gonna be a pain in the butt, but I would remove all the chickens, replace the shavings, THEN see if the sneezing stops. Putting aspen on top won't tell you anything and just wastes the shavings. If the sneezy ones are removed, but others become sensitive to the pine (delayed allergies are a conmmon phenomenon), you still won't know if the sneezing is an allergy or an illness. You don't want to use antibiotics unless you are quite certain, as that is how antibiotic resistant strains develope. Sorry about that.
     
  5. johnkang

    johnkang Out Of The Brooder

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