4 day old chick constantly opening mouth

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Delphinium, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. Delphinium

    Delphinium In the Brooder

    Apr 5, 2010
    Northern AZ
    I have a 4 day old BO chick who is constantly opening her mouth to cheep, but not much of a sound comes out. Occasionally she will shake her head and cheep loudly. While the rest of the chicks sleep peacefully, she continues to open her mouth like she is trying to breathe/cheep. I've checked the temperature (fine), I've seen her eating and drinking, and I've checked for pasty butt. What else can I do? This does not seem normal to me with my limited experience. THANKS!
  2. Tiramisu

    Tiramisu Got Mutts

    May 3, 2008
    Milan PA
    Maybe its just yawning? [​IMG]
  3. RainbowBirds_of_a_Feather

    RainbowBirds_of_a_Feather Songster

    Mar 19, 2010
    Aloha Delphinium,

    I had the same thing with my Cornish-Crosses. They constantly seem to pant alot. Just monitor the water supply and make sure your chickie is still eating, drinking, and gaining weight. If not do a visual check in it's nostrils and mouth to see if there is an obstruction or blockage. You know babies sometimes swallow things that they can't handle. Hope this helps....[​IMG]
  4. SouthernChick

    SouthernChick Chirping

    Nov 12, 2009
    What are you using for bedding? Could the chick swollowed some of the bedding? [​IMG]

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