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Chicks with open mouths

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I have 9 chicks ranging from 6-9 weeks, and I started noticing yesterday that they open their mouths when I turn on the garage light at night, and maybe 2-3 more times throughout the day. I have given them earth worms but I just started reading about gapeworm and I'm freaking out! They open their mouths for about 5 seconds and I can see the area under their mouths moving a little. They've all been very active and happy. The only reason I'm thinking it may not be gapeworm is because they ALL are acting this way. Any ideas? Should I start a dewormer just to be safe?
Edited by KatieRice - 6/28/16 at 6:57pm
post #2 of 9

Hi! I'm not sure since they're so little, but they could be panting because they're a little hot? That's what my chickens do when it's hot out, and I thought it was gapeworm too at first. Sorry I can't be of more help. Good luck!

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post #3 of 9
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I've turned their heat lamp off a few weeks ago but it's still pretty warm as it is late June. This is a good possibility. Thanks for putting my mind at ease... I'll keep an eye on them. Any other ideas?
post #4 of 9

It is highly unlikely the chicks have gape worm, and highly likely they are suffering from a too warm garage.

 

Your chicks need to be outdoors living in a coop with access to an outdoor run. They are probably crowded and overheated living inside in a garage. They need access to cool dirt or sand to dirt bathe in and cool themselves, as well as the freedom to move in and out of shade or sun.

 

Is there some compelling reason why they need to still live in the garage? How large is the brooder you have them in? How much ventilation is there? Can they get a cool breeze or even a fan to help circulate the air?

 

If it's impossible to move them to a coop right away, then you need to rig a temporary pen so they can spend their days outdoors. Make certain they have plenty of shade as well as sun to sunbathe in, and cool dirt in which to dirt bathe.

post #5 of 9
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The coop should be finished this week, but we do have an outdoor pen for daytime. They are outside from 7 AM - 7 PM everyday. Their brooder inside is quite large, but I agree, they should be outside full time right now. It is our main focus this week!
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I'm not an expert-no where near..... But some of my chicks did this when I had them in the brooder... They were near the heat lamp with plenty of room to move around, so they weren't too hot.... I immediately freaked out and posted on here and researched the issue. One person much wiser than myself suggested that they might be stretching their crops and so on. I wouldn't worry too much. But I agree- they do need to get outside permanently asap!
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4 Rhode Island Reds, 2 Cuckoo Murans, 2 Easter Eggers, 2 Light Brahmas, 1 orange Tabby, 1 terrier, one fun loving English Bulldog, and One busily buzzing hive of honeybees ! I definitely feel like a farmer!
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post #7 of 9
Might add a small fan on low pointed at a portion of the brooder so they can move in/out of the airstream if hot.
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
They are outside & happy as ever! I am thinking the open mouths were from being too hot. Thanks everyone!
post #9 of 9

:clap

I know *everyone* is happy about this!!!!  And, glad to hear the chickens are doing well!!!

 

Best wishes,

Ed

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Job 27:3-6   All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;  My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.  God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.  My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
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