Sneezing meat chickens

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by deb1960, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. deb1960

    deb1960 New Egg

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    Good day,
    I am very new at raising meat chickens. This is my second year. I have 24 meat chickens. I noticed yesterday that some of them are sneezing and making an unusual noise. I clean the coop every two days. I also have 26 baby chicks in the same coop (which are caged separately). The coop is 8 x 12. I allow my birds to free range during the day and at night I put them away for fear of coyotes. What am I doing wrong? I did not have this problem last year.
    I am also worried for my other chickens on the property. I have 37 laying hens and a few decorative chickens, 10 to be exact. I just love these animals. Excuse the pun but great chicken soup for the soul. Everyone should own a chicken or two. They are marvelous to have and very funny to watch. Even the meat chickens who are not pretty have character. If anyone can help me, please, I would really appreciate it. Thank you in advance for your help.

    1 husband, 1 eight year old daughter, 37 hens, 13 rabbits, 1 pony, a pigmy goat , a big german sheppard rescued), a chihuahua(rescued), 10 decorative hens, another hen(which I think is a rooster) and a bunch of kittens that were dropped off during the night...[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. eKo_birdies

    eKo_birdies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    unfortunately i can't give you any useful information, as i have not experienced any illness personally (*knock on wood*) w/in my flock. i am sure there is someone much more experienced on here who will be able to help. if not, maybe try doing a search or posting in the emergencies/diseases section.

    also.. [​IMG]
     
  3. blueskylen

    blueskylen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i usually have a few that sneeze - they do make a lot of dust and bedding contributes to that. if they have watery runny eyes, it may be something to worry about, but just a few sneezes is normal.
     
  4. Winsor Woods

    Winsor Woods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've noticed with my Cornish Crosses I'll get sneezy birds when they've been in a brooder or other enclosure with litter. They just poop so much that once they are two weeks old, you just can't keep it clean enough. I had sneezy birds until I modified my brooder box and installed a wire mesh floor out of 1/2" hardware cloth. I raised the brooder up off the floor and put papers down to catch the poop. It's a cinch to replace the papers now and the birds aren't bedding down in their own poop.

    Once they get out of the brooder, I use a chicken tractor and move them multiple times a day.

    This is the only method that has worked for me to avoid the sneezy meat birds.

    Dan
     
  5. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sometimes I think they sneeze and make that squeak sound from when they are feeding and getting some in their snoot. Will
     
  6. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

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    Quote:I agree I have had some do this as well.. Its like there is something stuck up thier nose...
     
  7. scubaforlife

    scubaforlife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All my CX batches make a sneezy noise. I figured it was just how they are.
     
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