Sneezing chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by vanillachicks, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. vanillachicks

    vanillachicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, i recently got 2 new chicks (one maran, one black silkie) and the maran is sneezing a lot. She is about 4 weeks old. I guess she's been sneezing a little bit for a while, but today it's getting really bad. She has a very wet sneeze, and is making loud watery bubbling sounds when she breathes. sometimes she walks around with her beak open, like she's trying to get air.
    What is wrong with her? is it just a cold? I din't see any other symptoms except she might be a bit more tired. Help please!
     
  2. vanillachicks

    vanillachicks Out Of The Brooder

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    anyone?
     
  3. bwebb7

    bwebb7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would maybe recommend VetRx. It could help.
    Just be sure to keep these birds isolated from all the others.
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Chickens do not get colds. You should probably research here on respiratory illness in chickens. They can be serious, and the chicken can be a carrier for life. I'm not expert enough to tell you much more. Plenty of info here.
     
  5. vanillachicks

    vanillachicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh no, i hope it's not serious! I don't think I could take losing another pet!
     
  6. vanillachicks

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    Oh! could it maybe be an allergy to something outside? Now that she's inside she isn't sneezing much at all.
     
  7. chickenhick

    chickenhick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have never had to deal with sneezy chicks..but I saw this on another post...hope it helps...this person is GOldern Feather member with more than 1,000 posts, so maybe they know what they are talking about..hope this helps...let us know...
    2 main possibilities:

    #1 - Mycoplasma infection, treat w/ antibiotics (Tylan is the best), others will probably get it, but all will probably recover if treated.

    #2 - Aspergillosis infection, untreatable, chick will probably die but only susceptible chicks contract it, so it usually doesn't spread very far and the others will likely be fine.

    So, in summary: I would treat w/ antibiotics just in case it's Mycoplasma, but hope it's Aspergillosis so it doesn't spread. The medicated feed you give them is only for Coccidia, so it doesn't help w/ respiratory infections.

    Hope this helps! Good luck!


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