Sneezing Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Knittycat, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. Knittycat

    Knittycat Songster

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    I've been hearing the occasional sneeze from the brooder. I sat and watched them for a while, and no one sneezed. So I began pulling them out and carrying them around with me to see who the culprit was. They all seem to do it from time to time. They're a week old and on pine shavings with adequate heat water and food. The food is medicated manna pro.
    So, what gives? What do I do? They all seem perfectly happy and healthy otherwise. And the sneezing is very occasional. Once or twice an hour if they aren't sleeping.
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    IMO, occasional sneezing in the absence of other symptoms is nothing to worry about. Brooders are dusty places and just like human babies, a chick will sometimes sneeze to clear their nares.

    My DH has a trick, learned in the commercial houses, to identify a problem with a sneezer. When you hear a sneeze, let out a high pitched whistle. The chicks will (usually) all turn to you, allowing you to look at their faces and check for drainage.
     
  3. Knittycat

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    Thanks! Good to know. [​IMG]
     

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