snotty nose and watery eyes, no foul smell in 5 week old chicks

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BirdsinBethel, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. BirdsinBethel

    BirdsinBethel Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2011
    Hi BYC'ers-please help a nervous 1st time chick mommy!

    1) What type of bird , age and weight. 5 chicks, 5-6 weeks old; barred rock, partridge rock, light brahma, SLW, easter egger
    2) What is the behavior, exactly. Snotty nose (but not foul smelling) at first, then also watery eyes with discharge developing. Chicks act normally otherwise, some head shaking and sneezing (to clear the nostrils?)
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms? The first 2 started with wet nostrils about a week ago; the watery eyes started maybe 3 days ago. 4 of the chicks have some degree of symptoms; the SLW and the EE are the worst
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms? 4 out of 5 of the chicks are
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. No
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. Got them at 3 days old from a farm that got them from a hatchery; no exposure to other chickens since bringing them home. THey were outside on the grass a few times in the last couple of weeks, but we've not had chickens here before.
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. Medicated chick crumble both dry and (in a separate dish cleaned once emptied by them) wet crumbles; a hard boiled egg every other morning; some clumps of grass with dirt in the roots to pick through; some worms (kids like to feed them to the chicks)
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. From what I can see they all look pretty normal. Vents are clear.
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? More frequent water changes, moved the heat lamp a little closer for added warmth, and manually clearing off their beaks if needed one or two times a day.
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet? Self-treatment
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help. none
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use Pine shavings/small chips in a large dog kennel with a lamp on the front for heat is their brooder

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