Farm Animals » Sneezing hen

Lynne

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Age:8months
Gender:Female
Breed:Rhode island
Neutered:Unknown
Fed On:Layers pellets and mixed corn
Kept:In my back garden and housed in chicken shed

Sneezing hen

I have had her 2 weeks and for the last week she has been sneezing more or less constantly and scratching her head. She has no other signs of illness and is running about and feeding properly. I was told to try cider vinegar in the water which i have and it hasnt made any difference. Any advice would be helpful

19/7/13

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Martina Stuart

likely to be an infection and antibiotics my be needed. Steaming may help though in the current temperatures that could be tricky unless done early in the morning.cat basket over bowl of boiling water and covered with a table cloth. 3 minutes on 2 off and repeat as often as you like

19/7/13

Lynne

Ive gone to them this morning and one of the others has a foamy eye, ivw only had them a few weeks and aparently they were ex batttery hens, im at a loss as to what to do with them now.. Do i get rid of them and save on the expense of trying to dix the problems they have???

20/7/13

Martina Stuart

depends how long you have had them and if thery are mixed with others. To a certain extent the damage may already be done in terms of transition of disease. I do suggest keeping a very close eye on them bathing the eyes 4-5 times daily with saline (teaspoonful to a pint) and is the eye itself becomes discoloured or cloudy then neck the bird and cook it or whatever. As long as the eyes remain clear and bright and the birds are eating drinking scratting etc normally and you do not have a lot of other birds that have not already been exposed to eh new ones then hang on to them and see what happens. A lot will i suspect self cure anyhow

20/7/13

Lynne

Ive only had them 2 weeks and other than the sneezing and eye problem they seem to be fine, all 3 eating and drinking well. I have 1 original hen that is approximately 6 years old and another baby leghorn that i was given the same week as i got these hens. They dont seem to be effected by the sneezing they just carry on as normal.. I shall attempt to catch them and bathe their eyes but theyre still very nervous around people :(

20/7/13

Martina Stuart

light sheet or net over them at night. Any eye ointment or antibiotic is likely to help. It is not uncommon for ex battery hens to be so effected

21/7/13

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