It is actually possible for chickens to sneeze. We often think of sneezing as something that just happens to mammals, but birds can sneeze too. However, some owners get a bit confused because a chicken sneeze doesn’t exactly sound like a human sneeze.
The upper respiratory system of a chicken is similar to a humans. It consists of two nostrils, mouth, trachea, the bronchi and the lungs. After that the system is very different. Sneezing is usually irritation of the upper airway tract but in the case of a disease it involves the whole system.
Respiratory illness might include bronchitis, CRD, or Coryza. In addition, chickens can get sick from extreme wet or cold conditions and start sneezing. Healthy chickens might start sneezing during particularly dusty periods, such as after their coop has been cleaned out.
Another common inquiry is “Does my chicken have a cold?”.
Your chicken may have a cold if it is sneezing, coughing, and not eating. Often called MG, this is one of the more concerning illnesses associated with sneezing.
Why is my bird sneezing so much?
Activities such as dust bathing, gathering around the feeder and scratching for treats can all raise dust and dander which will cause sneezing. This is normal and not something to worry about.
Chickens sneezing is not uncommon and this is especially true if they live in a dusty area such as an old barn. Dust and pollen can get into delicate parts of their respiratory system and this can make them sneeze. Sneezing can often help to clear things out.
Can chickens yawn?
Yes, chickens do yawn. They open their mouth and it appears that they are yawning. The actual thing is something different and it has to be chickens swallowing their food and that gives the impression that they are yawning.
Yep they yawn especially when they are chicks. Here is one of mine yawning as a chick: But you have to look out because that can also mean “I’m thirsty!”. Mine will do something similar to yawning when they’re hot.
Are chickens prone to respiratory problems?
Unfortunately chickens are prone to respiratory problems. Their system is much different to mammals and is more complex to treat, so prevention is the preferable option. If you find yourself with a respiratory issue in your flock – do not panic.
Whilst this sounds fussy, if you want to keep your chickens healthy you need to get into the routine of doing this. Unfortunately chickens are prone to respiratory problems. Their system is much different to mammals and is more complex to treat, so prevention is the preferable option.