Smoke and Chickens. Should I move my hens inside?

What would you do with dangerous air quality?


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Sunshine_Chick

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Thankfully, the air quality is no longer Dangerous, only Very Unhealthy. On the other hand, one of my chickens is making a sound that she does not normally make. Kind of raspy. :hmm The smoke has cleared up a little as well. Supposedly, it's clear skies :
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Oh dear thats not much improvement at all. Thanks for the pictures I dislike that hazy glow and pray every Spring not again! As for your chicken I don't know how to advise. I only have 3 so I'd bring them in, but don't know what your housing is like, nor your numbers. Wonder if save-a-chick or nutri-drench would help them over the hump? Well, I am sending you positive thoughts while I keep an eye to all the potential hurricanes rolling off the Cape. :fl
 

Starburst

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May 25, 2020
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Oh dear thats not much improvement at all. Thanks for the pictures I dislike that hazy glow and pray every Spring not again! As for your chicken I don't know how to advise. I only have 3 so I'd bring them in, but don't know what your housing is like, nor your numbers. Wonder if save-a-chick or nutri-drench would help them over the hump? Well, I am sending you positive thoughts while I keep an eye to all the potential hurricanes rolling off the Cape. :fl
Thank you so much for these suggestions! I only have 8, so I can bring them inside if need be. :) Hope the hurricanes hold off!
 

Sunshine_Chick

Crowing
Feb 11, 2019
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Northeast Florida
Thank you so much for these suggestions! I only have 8, so I can bring them inside if need be. :) Hope the hurricanes hold off!
Thanks I'm in no danger with the 4 disturbances now, but the 2 just rolling off are concerning. I don't have a coop & my 3 each have their own dog crate to sleep in. Now reading all these posts I am realizing just how fortunate I am - they're used to their small enclosure. No more drooling over y'alls gorgeous coops any longer.
 
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Thank you so much for these suggestions! I only have 8, so I can bring them inside if need be. :) Hope the hurricanes hold off!
My young roo roo, robin, also has raspy breathing, so he may have a heart thing going on.
But otherwise he seems pretty healthy, except when he would get his meds, he gets so mad his face turns purple-ish red.
 

MickWithChicks

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Hopefully I can bring a little comfort from experience, having made it to the other side of what you're going through now.

We went through the same thing for 3 straight months here on the East Coast of Australia back in November through February. The fires were much larger and lasted a long time. Bringing in 30-odd chickens and a couple of turkeys wasn't an option -- especially for 3 months! They were all fine and I haven't observed any notable long-term effects. We just kept them confined to their run and changed water more frequently.
 
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Thankfully, the air quality is no longer Dangerous, only Very Unhealthy. On the other hand, one of my chickens is making a sound that she does not normally make. Kind of raspy. :hmm The smoke has cleared up a little as well. Supposedly, it's clear skies :
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Oh, my...
Our sky looked just like that yesterday, but today its foggy with smoke.
 
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We had to give one of our roosters a puff of inhaler, later I am going to give my boy a puff or two.
Are you watching the game?
Im making zuppa Toscana soup tonight.
 

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