what to do for sneezing chicks

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lablover, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. lablover

    lablover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2012
    I have 8 chicks ranging from ages of close to 2 weeks to 3+ weeks, and various breeds. One of the youngest one started sneezing last week and it sounded more like a "quack." That only lasted a few days, and there were a few days without any problems from any of the chicks. Now, 3 or more are sneezing. Everyone acts fine. (eating, drinking, chasing bugs, eating sand and bathing in it)

    They live outside in a small hutch with a heat lamp, and when the nights are in the upper 40's, I try to cover the sides up extra good. (which I do every night anyways) When it rained, I put a tarp around the outside, (the hutch is not where it will get wet) and there was cardboard underneath that to keep some heat in. On the other end, there was a gap to let air out, as well as some air coming up from the bottom of the cage. It has a wire bottom, but there is hay for bedding.

    As far as I know, there is not any nasal discharge from them, but honestly I don't know exactly what that looks like. I'm concerned about the air coming through the hutch. What is too much? How much ventilation is needed? Should I worry about the sneezes????

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