Sneeze/cough/"hiccup"--what's happening?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pbirdhaven, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. pbirdhaven

    pbirdhaven Songster

    Aug 26, 2008
    North Vernon IN
    I have about three one and two-year old chickens that have developed a sound that I can only describe as a combination of sneeze, cough and hiccup. It's just an involuntary sound that reminds me of a person with Tourette's syndrome. There have been no other symptoms such as watery or crusty eyes or nose, unusual droppings, etc. that I have noticed, just the sound. They eat, drink, and are active. This has been going on for a few weeks now.
    They are in my main coop, so everybody there has been on quarantine. I tried a regimen of terramycin but that seemed to have no effect, and I don't want to keep throwing medications at them without some indication of what might actually be called for.
    The coop has a dirt floor, is at the edge of a wooded area, and we had LOTS of rain all spring and early in the summer, although approaching drought conditions now.
    I haven't tried worming other than DE in their food.
    I've kept poultry for 5 years and have dealt with predators and those pesky conditions that occasionally crop up in the birds, but this one stymies me. Any ideas from those with more experience would be greatly appreciated.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2010
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member 10 Years

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    I have a few that do that when they get excited like at treat time.
  3. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Songster

    Jul 26, 2010
    Central Oregon
    I have two right now that are doing that. Have been off and on for 3 to 4 months. Very healthy and happy hens otherwise. I think mine have a feather or piece of grass stuck in their crop. Awhile back, I put some mineral oil in their crop and massaged it for awhile, but it didn't help. Even turned them upside down to see if they would throw it up, but nothing. I figure as long as they feel good and are eating and drinking, I'll leave well enough alone. It still bugs me though, to hear them do that.
  4. 1crazycock

    1crazycock Hatching

    Jul 19, 2010
    Yeah I know what you mean, mine have been doing the same thing. I hope someone that knows can answer this question.
  5. hurleygirlie05

    hurleygirlie05 In the Brooder

    Jun 7, 2011
    I saw this post was from a year ago so I was wondering if I could get an update on your hens? I have three out of my ten that are doing the same thing. They are healthy, active, eating and forraging like normal and no waterery eyes, nose or any other symptoms. I did a little search yesterday and I found the product


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    I just ordered some and figured I would give it a try. Figured it might be a good thing to regularly use in the coop.
  6. pbirdhaven

    pbirdhaven Songster

    Aug 26, 2008
    North Vernon IN
    Wow--I was surprised to see an update on this thread! Two of the three hens fell prey to other causes (the 4-legged kind). The third hen, a LF cochin, still makes the sound but goes about her business as if nothing is wrong otherwise. She eats, lays, broods, etc. I have never allowed her around my chickens that she wasn't already around when this started just in case, but no one else appears to be affected.
    Thanks for the info on the product--may want to try that!

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