The sniffles!?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by fatcatbigbat, Dec 13, 2013.

  1. fatcatbigbat

    fatcatbigbat New Egg

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    A few birds in my flock have been sneezing, have watery eyes, and making strange noises. I'm hoping it's not something serious. It's starting to get pretty cold here in upstate NY. Could that be part of the problem? Please help.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    It may be the cold weather, but it also could be a virus like infectious bronchitis. I would watch for other symptoms such asfacial swelling or nasal discharge. Make sure that the coop has plenty of ventilation and no dust.
     
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    There are only two reasons I know of for chickens to regularly demonstrate respiratory problems (regular sneezing, discharge, watering or bubbling eyes):

    1) An environmental irritant, such as a lot of dust (dusty food or a very dusty coop can do this), or
    2) Infectious disease.

    Chickens don't get colds, and even when my birds have experienced bitter cold (-30) they have not had discharge or watery eyes.
     
  6. fatcatbigbat

    fatcatbigbat New Egg

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    Thank you all for replying. I have started them on antibiotics and will try to quarantine the sick ones.
     
  7. fatcatbigbat

    fatcatbigbat New Egg

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    Once I have quarantined them, is it bad to leave them in that coop all day?
     
  8. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    They need fresh air, but they also may need a little extra heat since chickens with respiratory illness may get chilled.
     

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