Sneezing chicks

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chick_Lit123, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. Chick_Lit123

    Chick_Lit123 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have six 10-week old chicks and still have the heat lamp on in their coop. The place is draft-free with lots of bedding. But a few are sneezing occasionally. Should I introduce vitamins in the water? And how long should I keep the infrared light on in the coop? Other than the odd sneeze or two, they are flourishing...BTW: I live in MASS, very cold climate.
     
  2. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    Quote:At 10 weeks old they should be feathered out enough to not need a heat lamp even in MA as long as they are draft free. I'd phase out the heat lamp by lowering it a little each night and cutting it off during the day so their bodies can adjust. And your chicks are too young to need any supplemental daylight right now.

    I would also post this question in the emergency forum so someone more knowledgeable could help you as chicks sneezing isn't a normal thing. Putting vitamins in their water is a good thing, just follow the proper dosing on the package label. But definitely ask about the sneezing - it could be dust in your coop making them sneeze, but I would want to rule out health issues first.
     
  3. Chick_Lit123

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    Thanks for the answer. the shavings i got are particularly dusty--not the usual fluffy stuff i typically get. So could it just be sawdust making them sneeze? And, i think it's only one of the chicks and she sneezes only occasionally.
     
  4. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    No sneezing isn't normal behavior. Dusty coop is normal. I don't have access to my computer right now but you should do a search of sneezing in the emergency forum and see what the answers are. I hope I'm wrong and sneezing is okay. Occasional may be fine. But investigate to be sure.
     

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