12 wk old chick with beak half open, why?????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kcmarshall, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. kcmarshall

    kcmarshall Out Of The Brooder

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    I am a 1 st time chicken raiser, so maybe this is a really dump question. I have 10 RIR and 2 ???? 1 of my RIR is always walking around with her mouth half open. She doesn't pant or act hot, just never closes it.
    We have only had one day above 90 and the rest of our days are low to mid 80's with a breeze.
    They have a nice coop and run with lots of shade.
    The only time I see her with it closed is when she eats or drinks. Even at night on the roost, it stays half open. It doesn't look broke or anything, just always open.

    WHY???????
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Are you sure they aren't hot? Maybe those one or two just run warmer or have more feathers than the others. Mine start to pant when it gets over 75 or so.
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I imagine that there are mouth breathers in every species.

    Does she snore?
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  4. TexasJoe

    TexasJoe Taking a break

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    if only 1 of the group is acting odd, i wouldn't think much of it. remember, there is a lot of difference in behavior between the different species of dumb chickens [​IMG]
     
  5. SewingDiva

    SewingDiva Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
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    I have a roo that does that. He always looks like he's saying "Duh". I have no idea why he does it.
     
  7. MsBentleyboy

    MsBentleyboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Half of my flock do that but they are Hot!! It's in the 90s here today. I wish I could cool them.
     

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