Sneezing & Vomiting in New Chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by critterhappy, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. critterhappy

    critterhappy New Egg

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    Hello. I am a new chicken owner and have run into a problem. I've only had the chickens since this Sunday and was told that they are around 2 months old. I noticed this afternoon that one hen was sneezing and has increased as the day has worn on. I just went and checked on them and picked her up. She immediately vomited on me. It was brownish in color. Any ideas as to what the problem could be and what I can do for her??? Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. dkosh

    dkosh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A few more details might help. Is she lethargic? How does she sound when they breath? What is the condition of her crop? Is the crop hard, squishy, enlarged? Does she look normal, is her abdomen enlarged or hard, or is she really skinny? When she vomited, was it liquid or solid? When you picked her up, did she get picked up upright or did she get tilted so her head and body tip downward? These answers may help figure out what might be happening.
     
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  3. critterhappy

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    Thank you dkosh for responding to my post. After reading your response, I realized more details are indeed needed. I was in a panic last night and was in a rush for information. I told my husband it's like having 4 newborns with zero experience! [​IMG] Other than the repeated sneezing, the chicken (Pearl) had no other symptoms. There was a small amount of clear discharge when she sneezed but a very small amount. Her breathing is normal as well. She was and is eating and drinking fine and is just as active as my other chickens. She looks healthy and feels to be the same weight as her companions. Her crop felt normal last night and again this morning. As for the vomiting, I could have tilted her when I picked her up. I had to stoop down to get her so it is very likely she was at an angle. The vomit was very watery and a brownish color. No identifiable material in it. I handled her this morning without any vomiting/spitting/regurgitation. I'm really at a loss because there is no excessive dust where I keep them and the weather as been extremely nice - warm and not too dry. The chickens did take a pretty long dust bath yesterday afternoon, but I didn't think it would spur on such a sneezing episode so late in the night. Just to be safe, I isolated her from my other chickens last night and covered her cage to keep her extra warm. I've watched her for 30 minutes or more this morning and she hasn't sneezed once. I know some sneezing is normal but these were coming in 20 -30 second intervals. I've longed to have chickens of my own for as long as I can remember so I really want to get it right. It's surprising how fast you get attached to them! Researching chicken aliments is also pretty scary. I really appreciate your input and your time on this matter. Would you say that whats going on with my chicken is normal with the obsessive sneezing and then not sneezing? Thanks again.
     
  4. dkosh

    dkosh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think that if she isn't sneezing now or showing any other symptoms, I wouldn't worry about it. Maybe she had too much fun in the dust bath.
     
  5. critterhappy

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    So far so good. No more sneezing or anything other weirdness. Thanks again for your advise! Your responses are very much appreciated!!
     

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