1st post! One chick opening his mouth alot?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Shared Acres, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't had chickens since I was little, but we bought 3 little Silkies today. They are currently chirping away in a plastic bin with a light over them.

    One of them seems to be opening his beak/mouth frequently.

    Like, he's stretching his neck and doing it.

    I don't know much about how they eat, is he regurgitating his food and then eating it? Not sure.

    Want to make sure nothing's wrong with them!

    Other than that, all are eating fine, eating out of my hand.
     
  2. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    They don't regurgitate food. Could he be trying to pant from being too hot? Do they have room to get out of the light and are they toward the edge of the light or the center? If they are cramming toward the edge of the container away from the center of the light they are too hot. If they huddle in the center they are too cold.
     
  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Mine do that still sometimes. I think it's a way to stretch.
     
  4. Lobzi

    Lobzi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Chickie does it too. I thought she had something caught in her mouth or throat. She finds my hair around and tries to eat it; I have had to pull it from her beak. I sure hope it is just a way of stretching.
     
  5. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have the light on the side. But I started noticing it when we were driving him home and he was in a crate. Then later yesterday he was on my husband's shoulder doing that.

    They seem fine otherwise, eating well.
     
  6. ktrion

    ktrion New Egg

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    Our bigger chick (Peeps, 6-8 weeks old?) does this. I thought it meant he was thirsty. My DP thought it meant he was hungry. Then lately, we thought maybe it meant he was a rooster. But now we have two baby chickies (RIR) about a week old, and I've noticed them doing the same thing once in a while.
     
  7. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all the input.

    They aren't doing it as frequently any more. Soo all seems good!
     
  8. jnjross

    jnjross Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it could be tryin to crow
     
  9. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    A lot of my chicks do that and they are all fine. My 12 week olds did it all the time as chicks. I think they are just stretching or maybe trying to help food down a bit. Nothing to worry about [​IMG]
     

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