Sneezing/coughing Girl

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by wannabfarmer, May 9, 2009.

  1. wannabfarmer

    wannabfarmer New Egg

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    I have a 1 year old Buff that has all of a sudden started this goofy little sneeze or cough quite frequently, I should note that we just moved four bales of straw into the shed where they live, however it is the same that we use for the nesting box litter. Could I have a chicken with allergies or is this a sign of something more serious? We are very new to owning chickens, our "flock" consists of 6 pullets and the other 5 ladies are all very healthy. Any help would be greatly appreciated, Thank You!
     
  2. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    It's too hard to tell from just a cough. Chickens will get coughs and
    other symptoms from time to time and it means nothing. Watch her
    nose/beak for any discharge. That would not be a good sign.

    I'd recommend isolating her until it stops. Better safe than sorry.
     
  3. wannabfarmer

    wannabfarmer New Egg

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    Thank you very much!
     
  4. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Quote:My pleasure. Welcome to BYC.

    Keep us posted. Your experience with her will help others when their
    chickens start sneezing.
     
  5. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    If it is a quick "squeak" of a cough, its probably just dust. However, if you are using hay as bedding be sure there is more than adequate ventilation because hay can carry Aspergilosis.

    If it is a coughing/congested/weezing cough, it may be a respiratory infection, in which I would suggest you try Tylan 50, and inject 1cc into the breast muscle.
     
  6. PurpleChicken

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    Quote:Chris, have you injected Tylan on any of your birds? I had to cull off
    my entire silkie flock because of MG. It was hitting them hard and
    the rest were carriers. Even now all my other birds are carriers.
    I have a little 12 week old Cochin who is very dear to me who is showing
    signs. I was gonna let him fight it off on his own but I'd be willing to
    try another route.
     
  7. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Yes I have, and I have other friends who have used it as well with success.

    I gave the dosage of 1cc in the breast muscle, but that may need to be adjusted for the size of your bird. You may also need to administer a dose for two or three days depending on the severity of the infection.
     

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