sneezing silkie mix is it always a bad sign?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by AHappychick, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    I picked up a few more mixes from a friend. I had gotten a few a few weeks from him and decided I needed a few more. All these birds had been born together so I just made them all their own coop, so the second batch I saw no reason to quarentine. Ass I was adding the newbies to the coop I noticed one sneezing. and seperated him from the others. He is a silkie mix BTW

    Unfortunatly the sneezing has not stopped but he shows no other symptoms. and only seems to sneeze when standing up. at least I think it is a sneeze. When he is up and active he will sneeze about every minute or so, just oe sneeze at a time.

    No amonia in coop, brand new with brand new shavings. I read the other sneezing posts and I am worried. He is seperated but in the garage wioth the others I plan on getting him outside to be really quarentined but am afraid it is too late since he has been sharing the same air space with my others. So far everyone looks healthy.

    Does sneezing always end badly? other than some yogurt, vinager in water, and some vitamins what can I do. Has this ever happened to anyone elses chicken with a good ending????
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I can't answer your question about whether your little guy is sick or not.
    I can answer your question about whether it always ends badly or not. The answer is no.
    My buff brahma hen Lilith was my sneezer. She started sneezing when she was very young, a couple weeks old maybe, and continued until about 5 months old. Now the only time she sneezes is if she eats something mushy or wet.
    I never figured out why she sneezed. She was also prone to a chicken's version of the hiccups then too. Those have stopped as well.
    As there were no other signs of illness and all my chickens looked incredibly happy and healthy, I didn't treat it.
    In thinking back on that time period the only thing that has changed in their lives is that I now feed pellets and not crumbles. I started the pellets about the time the sneezing stopped, at 19 weeks.
    Again, I not saying you should or shouldn't treat, only that sneezing does not always have a bad outcome.
    P.S. Lilith is also my hen that likes to eat inedibles, including once a piece of broken glass. THAT I did freak out on, but she's fine.
     
  3. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    ok thanks it is good to know that maybe it is something not harmul. It is bantam size so I have been giving them layer mash instead of pellets is a bantam able to eat the pellets ok? if so I will switch and see if that helps.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Whether they can eat pellets or not I'm afraid you'll have to ask a bantam owner. I only have LF brahmas and believe me they think anything that doesn't eat them first is fair game. Mine took to the pellets right off. What I noticed is that there's not nearly as much powder (dust) with the pellets as there was with the crumbles. Maybe Lilith was just extra sensitive to dust?
    I would keep your little guy seperate until you know for sure.
    Good luck to you!
     
  5. Happy Chicken Mama

    Happy Chicken Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a big fat blue cochin who sneezes everytime she eats... and she eats all day long.

    Big loud sneezes. All day.

    God bless you.
     

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