Why are chicks sneezing?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SilkieSanctuary, Feb 27, 2017.

  1. SilkieSanctuary

    SilkieSanctuary Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 4 easter eggers that I go from a farm supply store. They are 2 weeks old and on a non-medicated, organic chick starter. They have been sneezing for about five days now with no discharge. Yesterday I did notice a little moistness under one chicks nostrils and this morning two of them had it. It is just a tiny bit and they are still sneezing. Is this nothing or a disease? Is there any way to treat them? I have been putting vetrx under their wings and on their nostrils. I am very concerned because I don't want to spread any disease to my adult flock. Any help is much aappreciated!!!
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    It could be dust but I would look closely at the ventilation.
    What is the brooder setup?
    What size is the brooder? What kind of bedding?
     
  3. SilkieSanctuary

    SilkieSanctuary Out Of The Brooder

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    I use a plastic bin that is 25 gallons. The bedding is straw. They were on my top floor for a little over a week and now they are in my basement and then they got wet nostrils.
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Perhaps it is mold in the straw. It is pretty common.
    That can cause aspergillosis among other things.
    I would completely clean out the brooder using a mild bleach solution.
    Pine shavings or sand would be a better bedding option.
    Can you put a fan over the brooder to get some air movement?
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2017
  5. SilkieSanctuary

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    Bleach won't hurt them? Yes I will put a fan.
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Well you have to take the chicks out first. Then dry it out. You're only using bleach at a 1:10 ratio with water. It shouldn't leave residue on plastic.
     

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