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Sneezing chickens.

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by alleymorgan9750, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. alleymorgan9750

    alleymorgan9750 New Egg

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    Hi, I had a few questions about my flock. Last year I had respiratory hit my flock it was TERRIBLE! Determined to never agin let that happen I started over this spring and got all new healthy birds. I turned a 8X12 shed into a chicken coop and made a 25" run going outside. I looked for the healthiest birds I could find, I went and checked them out made sure their was no past health issues and picked them up. I also ordered some birds online from a hatchery, all was good. The first week I had to keep them inside the shed because the run was not complete, I left the window open and tried to leave the shed door open as much as possible a few times a day for more fresh air. Around the first week I noticed some light sneezing, nothing horrible. I thought it was the fine pine shavings I laid in the coop floor? Maybe the dust as they were all scratching around? No puffy faces and nothing else alarming. They are all eating and all drinking and I'm getting 8-10 eggs daily, all seem happy. I finished the run 4 days ago and since then the fresh air seemed to help the sneezing and they have all almost stoped, but I noticed today one of my young hens that hasn't started laying yet was sneezing, I picked her up and noticed a crackly like sound from her chest, it seemed to only happen when she was stressed out not when she was just walking around. I separated her and brought her inside in a create, I gave her some vitamin water and fresh food. She has no other symptoms and is eating/drinking? Should I be very worried for her or my flock? Could it be the bedding or the fact they were inside for a week? I'm just extra worried I don't want to go threw respiratory again! Any thoughts would be helpful.
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Personally I would monitor her closely. If she continues I would give some tylan50 oral(I prefer to). I never used the fine chips, always Flake. I feel for you---I too had a problem in 2015 and lost close 30, but had about 1000 at that time---so I feel Lucky!
     
  3. alleymorgan9750

    alleymorgan9750 New Egg

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    Ok, thanks for the feedback! Can I buy that medication from tracker suply? Or rule king? I am going to Monitor them all very closely I have been watching them like a hawk since I got them but the sneezing really worries me ;(
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Is she one of the hatchery birds?
     
  5. alleymorgan9750

    alleymorgan9750 New Egg

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    No she is one that I actually got from my vet! All his birds are very healthy and we have known him forever very nice guy. I think I'm going to have a vet come out and take a look just in case, does anyone know a livestock vet? I can ask my vet fried but he is out of town. I live in vandalia Ohio was sure who to call?
     
  6. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    My Tractor Supply still has it. I use a needle to draw it out the bottle---pull the needle out the bottle and draw a little to clear the needle-----remove the needle and put the 1ml in the back of the mouth(oral no needle) and hold the head up till I feel it swallow. I do this usually 3 to 4 days. Sure has pulled a many of my chickens out the kinks. Good Luck!!
     

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