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Weird movement, not usual happy self?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
My favourite chicken "Nick" my rooster seems ill. He hasn't been crowing today, isn't as spunky, or intrested in his hens. His wattle doesn't seem as red and keeps doing this weird head thing. But not like wry neck or anything. Kind of like hes going to throw up or something? He was eating, drinking and was all over like normal today. But isn't near his self...any help would be appreciated, the vet is closed and im worried sick. I've been tryong to read up on all I can....just nothing seems to fit?
post #2 of 8

What does his crop feel like?

Does his breath smell?

Have you looked in his mouth to see if he has any obstruction, sores, etc.?

Any photos or a video?

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
I can't get ahold of him, but kind of thinking it's an impacted crop or something like that. He's no worse this morning, which is good. But have to wait till my husband gets home so he can help me with him. He's still a quick one.I do have a viedo but can't figure out how to load it. Feel bad for the poor guy.
post #4 of 8

Just in case you haven't seen/read these, here is some info on crop issues.

I have found the best time to examine a really hard to catch chicken is after dark. They can't see and it's easy to pluck them right off the roost. I then can take them out and do what's needed. Two people always helps too:)

Let us know what you find.

 

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2014/06/chicken-anatomy-crop-impacted-crop-sour.html

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/impacted-slow-and-sour-crops-prevention-and-treatments

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much for the info. Not only that I do t want to keep stressing him out by trying to catch him. We have had chicken several for years, never had anything like this happen. So I'm not familiar at all... that's a great idea, why didn't I think of doing it at night!!
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Ok, just got a hold of him and looked him over and felt his crop. It was was not full or bloated, and was empty from me withhold his food while I was at work and keeping him int the coop. I'm really at a loss on what's going on. Maybe I'm worried over nothing, he's just behaving so out of the ordinary. Not crowing, won't roost at night lays on the coop floor, just seems blah....and keeps doing this thing like he's trying to throw up?
Edited by yella1124 - 4/19/16 at 3:08pm
post #7 of 8
Look inside his throat with a flashlight when you have an extra pair of hands. Look for yellow or whitish gray patches or a foreign body. There can be blockages farther down in the gizzard. How well has he been drinking? Try feeding him some soft egg or wet feed with plain yogurt, but no whole grains.
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Seems to be eating and drinking fine. I'll try and look tonight when he goes to coop and I can't grab him. Just don't get it.....it's so strange!!
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