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Weird "crow" from hen. Is something wrong?

post #1 of 9
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Our wellsummer has been increasingly chirping and "crowing" with a horse voice. She also appears to be panting a little. This started months ago. I suspected something respiratory but I assumed she would t have lasted this long if that was the case. Any ideas? Cures?

Here's a video of the "crow":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcnCNdFc5G8
post #2 of 9
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Another riveting video wink.png
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TGE-MTGx60
post #3 of 9
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Another clue: she's doing this weird chirp/crow ALL DAY LONG.  She used to mostly only make noises while laying, like a "normal" hen.  But now all day long she's making a racket!

post #4 of 9
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She's about 2 years old, FYI, and otherwise seems to be in good health.
Edited by jessicamills - 5/12/16 at 5:15pm
post #5 of 9

It does look somewhat respiratory.

Any discharge from the nose/eyes?

Have you looked in her mouth?

Any changes to the environment she is in, new bedding, new feed,  medications, dusts for parasites, etc.?

 

 

 

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044

post #6 of 9
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No discharge, but I haven't taken a good look in her mouth. She's skittish but I'll try to do that today. What am I looking for?
post #7 of 9

If she is really flighty, you may need to try to wait until she roosts at night to examine her (easier to catch) and possibly less stressful.

Since it's been progressing over a long period of time, look in her throat for any worms, redness, swelling, sores, etc.

Wondering if it could possibly be gape worms? Can you take a fecal sample to the vet to have them check for worms?

post #8 of 9
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Is checking for worms in a fecal sample something a non-chicken-vet could do?  Our small-animal vet is a couple blocks away.  The vet that knows something about chickens is all the way across town.

post #9 of 9

Yes, I believe just about any vet can do a fecal float test to determine if there are worms or not. You may want to call them to save yourself a trip though:)

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