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the neverending sneezes

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by stargirl, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. stargirl

    stargirl Songster

    Jun 15, 2011
    Shortly after I got my girls, I noticed they were sneezing & had runny noses. I called the farm where I got them from, and was advised that it was an allergy to the hay they had in the nesting boxes, and to swap it for straw. I did this but there was no improvement, and the girls started to blow bubbles from their noses, and open their beaks to breathe.
    I took them to the vet who diagnoses a severe respiratory infection and prescribed Tylan soluble for 5 days. After 5 days they were still sneezing, so I continued the dosage for another 5 days at which point it seemed to clear up. I disinfected the coop and run thoroughly.

    Since then, both girls have gone through further episodes of sneezing. They both have permanently dirty nostrils, as if there is a bit of moisture still there for the mud to stick to. They both still open their beaks to breathe sometimes, but seem to be able to breathe fine without opening them too. Both are energetic, eat well, lay daily without fail, have bright red combs & wattles and no other signs of illness. Their chests do not rattle or wheeze. I have wormed them for gape worm and they regularly have apple cider vinegar or poultry tonic.

    The first time I redosed them with antibiotics, but it seems to have little to no effect. I've kept a stock to use should they ever appear to worsen, but I don't really want to keep medicating them indefinitely.

    I've read up on RTIs in chickens and understand that once infected, they stay for life. Is this persistent sneezing just an indicator of this? Do you think the mouth-breathing and sneezing could just be habit?
    Any insight would be very welcome.
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2011

  2. Rainbow Dash

    Rainbow Dash In the Brooder

    Jun 15, 2011
    Hmm. Sneezing.

    Take the birds back to the vet. It needs to be addressed. If they were opening their mouths to breathe, they are still sick, and the antibiotics aren't helping. Just remember to gently dip their beaks in water on occasion to make sure they don't become dehydrated.
  3. crazyhen

    crazyhen Crowing

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    Have the vet check for MG/MS. MS will cause a recurring form of sneezing and clear drainage. It is a chronic condition, that is contageous. I had that in a flock once. Good luck with your flock. You might also want to look up Denagard. It is for MS as a preventative and RX. Gloria Jean
  4. stargirl

    stargirl Songster

    Jun 15, 2011
    Thank you both. I'm a big worrier so its helpful to know these symptoms are important, and not just me being a chicken-hypochondriac┬▒

    I will take the bigger sneezer back to the vet and mention MS/MG and Denagard. There's definitely a sneezy pigeon that visits the garden, so its entirely possible they've picked something up.

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