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Bad odor from chickens breathe

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by dris73, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. dris73

    dris73 Out Of The Brooder

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    My RIR has had this odor coming out of her beak when she breathes which sort of smells like old alfalfa or collard greens sort of a rotten smell. They do eat the greens as a treat a few times a week but noticed there is also the dried alfalfa mixed in with the straw. I started giving her ACV this morning. Any ideas of what it could be that's caysing the smell?
    Thank you
     
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2015
  2. deathfromabove

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    is therecrop impacted? You can tell when you feel the crop and it feels like a water balloon.
     
  3. deathfromabove

    deathfromabove Out Of The Brooder

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    Don't know why it did that sorry.
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Could be a fungal/sour crop I am thinking? I don't have experience with that though so take with a grain of salt. I would think you would be seeing signs of illness though like a large squishy crop. Not sure! You can search for sour crop on BYC and internet if interested. There is a Tilly's Nest article that is good.
    http://www.tillysnest.com/2012/01/crop-issues.html


    Another thing that causes bad odor is a certain respiratory disease- but you haven't described such a thing.
     
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    It sounds like your hen has sour crop. I would be sure to check out the link that ChickensAreSweet gave you. Also, I'd recommend posting in the Emergencies section of the forum: Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures

    Good luck with her!
     
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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  7. dris73

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    Thank you everyone for your replies. I will research sour crop since I've never heard of it.

    I also just realized I posted in the wrong thread I just joined tonight :)
     
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our "flock"

    I'm sorry to hear about your hen! [​IMG]I would post in the Emergencies section for some more good answers. Best wishes to you and your hen.[​IMG]
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Hope you hen will be okay. I wonder if she has impacted crop.
     
  10. dris73

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    I'm thinking she does but she not showing any symptoms of any sort and no swollen crop but I'm still researching
     

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