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Sneezing Chickens! Help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by new2chickens2011, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. new2chickens2011

    new2chickens2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2011
    Hello all,
    I am new so this might be kinda dumb....
    My (5 week old) Cornish X were sneezing/sniffling today. Not constantly, but they were. It is pretty chilly and damp right now weatherwise. I moved them to a drier area. They are all eating, (medicated starter), drinking, and playing.
    Is it just the sniffles or something worse?
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2011
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    I just noticed you posted this yesterday and no one responded. Chickens do sneeze, they're dusty little creatures. If they don't have any gunk in their nose or eyes and aren't making any weezing or gurgling sounds, I wouldn't worry about it. Just keep an eye on them. Good luck!
  3. top of the hill

    top of the hill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2011
    my girls sneeze as well, not constantly and I have noticed its subsided a bit with the weather change. Unless you notice any other symptoms (water eyes, noes, gargling sounds) I would say its most likely environmental and they are probably fine.

    I did treat with Denegard as a precaution, however, they still sneeze. I decided it was the elevated pollen count this summer, that and the dusty pine shavings.
  4. GoChick

    GoChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2010
    yeah, mine sometimes sneeze, especially when inside the coop, where I use pine shavings...
  5. new2chickens2011

    new2chickens2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2011
    Thank you! What are some "preventative treatments"? For example, you mentioned Denegard. WHat is that?
  6. jh7192

    jh7192 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 18, 2010
    Taneytown MD
    Chickens can sneeze for a variety of causes. One is management or husbandry. Maybe the air is dusty. Maybe there is ammonia in the air. Likewise, chickens may be on medicated feed. Maybe the feed is dusty.
    Several bacterial organisms may cause the signs you described. I think first of Hemophilius. Mycoplasma is also right up there. Chlamydia are also a possibility.E. coli is certainly a possibility. Salmonella is another possibility. Less probable is Ornithobacterium.
    Potential viral diseases include NewCastle disease, Infectious bronchitis, Laryngotracheitis

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