Oh boy. You just heard it. The dreaded “chicken sneeze”. Then you hear another and another. This isn’t just a one-time thing. Your chicken is sick. Sad face.
Like any good chicken parent, you immediately go onto Facebook and create a panicked post about your chicken being sick. What you receive back is NOT HELPING.
“They are all infected now. It’s probably Marek’s.”
“Have you read that article about bird flu?” *posts article*
“You need to treat your whole flock with antibiotics, then bleach your yard.”
“When that happened to me, I culled my whole flock and started over!”
Just so we’re clear, I’m not a veterinarian, and nothing I’m about to say is meant to take the place of solid medical advice from a licensed professional. In fact, that’s always the best route to take if you can afford it. But there’s also something to be said for good old fashioned common sense. If you or someone you love comes down with a cold, do you immediately take drastic measures? Probably not at first.
The first thing I do when my chickens come down with something respiratory in nature is follow my Sick Chicken Action Plan, which is a quick and memorable guide to follow when you have a chicken that is under the weather. Check it out here:
For respiratory illness, I’ve added a few immune-boosting strategies to add to your course of action. These are for both your actively sick chickens and the rest of your flock. For a super easy tutorial, press the play button below:
You might be wondering why I don’t talk about antibiotics in the above videos. Well, I actually DO think there’s a time and place for antibiotics, and I do have a bottle in my chicken medicine cabinet. But it’s not the first thing I reach for. Many chicken illnesses present with similar symptoms, and some of them cannot be treated with antibiotics. In my opinion, it’s wise not to use them unless you know for sure what you are dealing with. And unless I had been advised to do so by a veterinary professional, I would be very hesitant to treat my whole flock.
Prevention is Best
Dealing with illness in our flock is never easy, but it helps when it’s not made harder by unnecessary panic. Even better, let’s prevent illness by boosting wellness! To learn more about how you can boost your chickens’ immune systems naturally, click below!
What about you? Have you dealt with sneezing chickens before? Let me know in the comments!
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