Weird behavior

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bertdavis2000, May 13, 2016.

  1. bertdavis2000

    bertdavis2000 New Egg

    May 13, 2016
    Our chicks are about 5 weeks old or so. I have a buff Orp that started doing this sneeze like thing about a week ago. Hasn't eaten well and hasn't been roosting well. Otherwise her activity and energy is fairly normal. Drinking ok. Now she is doing this crazy squawk. A lot! Like every 3-4 secs. She is also mouth breathing. Any ideas?
  2. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO
    Sounds like a potential respiratory infection. I would offer supportive care--most often it is viral, although a secondary bacterial infection can arise and make the bird a lot worse. Watch the other chicks carefully. It may be that she doesn't have as robust immune system as they do...or it could be that they are still in the incubation phase of illness.
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    At the very least you may wish to consider giving the whole flock vitamin supplements / electrolytes in their drinking water as it can help boost the immune system.


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