sneezing chicks spreading to others, please help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chutewoman, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. chutewoman

    chutewoman Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 29 little week old silkies. One of them squeaks like a little bob white when it breathes. It now does this even when it is sleeping. It also shakes its head like in a sneezing motion while making a high pitched squeak about every minute while it is awake. I also just saw he is now opening his mouth while breathing and making this noise. No drainage, eating and drinking normal, eyes are clear. He does have a poopy butt like some of his siblings. Should I be watching for something or could this just be normal for him? Has anyone ever had a chick do this and grow out of it? [​IMG]
     
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  2. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are his nasal paths clear did he eat any thing bad or get water in his nose
     
  3. chutewoman

    chutewoman Out Of The Brooder

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    He has been doing this for about 4 days, seems to be getting more frequent. Sorry I took so long to get back but I had to sanitize both of my containers and get a sickbox started. After observing a bit ago I now have 3 little chicks who are shaking their heads and have a funny sounding squeak. I have separated them into their own container. Like I said no signs of any sickness except shaking heads and squeaking when they breathe. They are shaking their heads about every 30 seconds. They do not have any blockage that can be seen on the outside. They are eating medicated starter have clean water and warmth. They are in my laundry room and have been since the garage is too cold. The one of the other two that I just separated was in a different container. Any ideas?
     
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  4. chutewoman

    chutewoman Out Of The Brooder

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    This morning my little chick is worse. It acts like it is sneezing, shakes its head, lifts its head and opens its mouth and acts like it is trying to get a breath. It makes a squeaky noise while it is doing this. This happens about 6 times a min. He is eating in between naps, drinking in between these sneezing like fits. He also tries to clean himself like a normal chick would. This group does seem a little more sleepy than the other groups. And their eyelids might look a little swollen, but not much. The other two in with him are still shaking their heads like they are trying to clear their nose and sometimes makes a squeaky noise while breathing. What kind of treatment should I put them on or should I just wait it out. Is there any respiratory disease that does this to a chick? Please help!!
     
  5. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Get them on some antibotic and some Vet-Rx. What kind of litter do you have them on?
     
  6. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

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    What kind of bedding are you using? Did you hatch them or where did you get them from? Quarantine the ones that seem illish and watch the others. Do you have Vet RX? It has some sort of tendancy to clear up the sinus clog, if it's not something more serious
    keep us updated
     
  7. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry about your chicks. Are they shielded from drafts? What is your brooder temp?
     
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  8. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
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    Quote:Kendra you and I must have posted at the same time, AND said the same thing- LOLOLOLOLOL
    Two great minds....
     
  9. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
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    Oh, and do they have an odor about them. Really stinky ungodly smelly smell? What id their poopy like?
     
  10. chutewoman

    chutewoman Out Of The Brooder

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    They are on newspaper in a plastic tot container. Paper is changed 4 times a day to keep it clean. The temperature is 90 under the bulb. They have plenty of room to get away. Their is no draft and the top is open. They have pasty butt, solid poo that must be sticky because it sticks to their bottoms, color is normal brown. I did not hatch them they came from a hatchery. We do heat with wood heat, but there is no smoke but I wonder if the air might be dry. I hung a wet towel in the room near their box last night just in case. The other chicks seem to be doing fine. They are all in the same room in different boxes so they are not crowded. What is Vet RX?
     
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