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3 1/2 month chicken walking around with mouth open

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by srfjeld, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. srfjeld

    srfjeld Chirping

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    I have a 3 1/2 month old black cochin who has taken to walking around with her beak parted open on occasion. I immediately thought gape-worm and checked her throat a couple days ago but I couldn't see anything.

    Is this a normal behavior? Should I be concerned?

    Thank you! [​IMG]
     

  2. Does this happen even when its cooler out ?
     
  3. acarter26

    acarter26 In the Brooder

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    She may be hot. They'll open they're mouths and pant to cool off.
     
  4. cat1994

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    It could just be b/c he is hot my girls do this to cool down, was it like he was panting kind of like a dog does but without the tough hanging out of course
     
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2011
  5. srfjeld

    srfjeld Chirping

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    I think you guys have hit the nail on the head! I'm in Portland, Oregon and we rarely get too hot but we've actually had a few days of high 80s and actually have had some humidity the last couple of days. My cochin is my most feathered girl, but I just noticed my 4/mo old SLW is also panting a bit and is holding her wings a bit away from her body. So, I guess my next question is, how do you cool them down? I misted inside their run a bit today, which they hated... I mostly did it b/c it seemed like a dust bowl. Doesn't water just wick off their feathers? I'm not too too worried b/c this heatwave won't last long. I just spoil my girls and hate seeing any sign of discomfort. [​IMG]
     
  6. lynniev45

    lynniev45 In the Brooder

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    I put in a pan of water for them to get into. They cool off that way.
     
  7. Auscal

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    "how to cool them down"

    Make sure they have plenty of shade - "tree shade" is cooler than artifical shade. I have found that wetting down the dirt in the run fairly thoroughly seems to help - my girls seem to enjoy tucking down in the damp dirt.
     

  8. PartridgeRooster

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    Quote:I'm sorry for that terrible heat wave, lol. Your chickens will be fine. Mine survived through constant 100 degree days for a week with 70 percent humidity. I use water pans and wetting the dirt, along with shade and ventilation.
     
  9. 7L Farm

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    High in the 80's I wish its been triple digits forever here. But seems your chickens aren't use to much heat so their probably just panting to cool down.
     
  10. LoreenH

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    Quote:Our summer has been pretty mild this year, hasn't it. My girls have been panting and walking around with their wings out too. Last night I ran the sprinkler in the area of the yard where they hang out during the day so the ground will be damp and maybe a bit cooler for them. They are locked in the coop at night but have the run of the whole backyard during the day.

    I just noticed you said the one doing it the most is black, 5 of my 6 are dark in color and they pant way more than my golden EE. I'm sure it's partly because of color. When my black & white cat lays in the sun the black part of his coat gets hot but the white part stays cool.
     
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