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Chick cried randomly and seems sick with spittle?!

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My 5 week old Americauna was outside and she suddenly cried out and shook her head. She shook it once more and now I took her inside and she seems to be really spitty in her mouth. She seemed to trip a little, but her walking is fine. I see a piece of grass in her mouth, but she doesn't seem to be choking because she's not holding up her head and trying to swallow. She occasionally opens her mouth and her mouth is really spitty. What is wrong? Is she choking??

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Welcome to BYC. How does her crop feel? Make sure she has chick grit to help digest the grass and any other non-chick feed foods. Also make sure there is plenty of water to drink, and that she has nothing stuck in her mouth.


Edited by Eggcessive - 11/12/15 at 5:35pm
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She has chick grit daily and her crop feels fine. I've been told by others to massage her crop, and I've done that. SHe looks ok now, but she's still pretty slobbery and spitty. Is that something to be worried about?

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She gets chick grit daily. I've been told to massage her crop by others, and I've done that. She looks ok, but is still slobbery and spitty. Is that something to be worried about?

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Well, the good news is that after an evening of passivity, she now seems ok.  Since when we looked in her mouth the only thing we could see was a tail end of grass, could it be that she plucked a piece that was too long and so it didn't go down all the way at once?  And kept tickling her throat?   It seemed like it was related to something she had eaten, since she kept opening and closing her mouth.  I worried that she might have eaten something sharp but she seems to be ok today.  She was very passive that whole evening, not eating, just dozing in my lap, but now she is back to running around and competing for tasty morsels, so it seems that whatever it was has passed. Thank goodness!  Thanks for your tips and suggestions!

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