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 Songster

    Aug 10, 2008
    Northeast Fla
    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 Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    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'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Mine do that still sometimes. I think it's a way to stretch.
  4. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing

    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 Songster

    Aug 10, 2008
    Northeast Fla
    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 Hatching

    Jul 28, 2008
    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 Songster

    Aug 10, 2008
    Northeast Fla
    Thanks for all the input.

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

    jnjross Songster

    Apr 3, 2008
    edwards, ms
    it could be tryin to crow
  9. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    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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