Bantam Rooster making Strange Head Motion While Drinking

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChickenPeep, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    Hello!
    Well today I got home from school and immediately went to go see the chickens. I was watching them eat and drink when I noticed my rooster doing something strange. He goes to take a drink, and then when he looks up to swallow, he jolts his neck and lowers it. I've never had ANY problems with illness in my flock. No wry neck, no nothing. We did get a new hen in August but if she brought some kind of illness wouldn't they've gotten it earlier? He seems fine otherwise. We have a small flock of 4 hens and 2 roosters. He could've gotten in a fight with the other rooster... but he's on the top and the other rooster usually just shy's away, and they are separated during the day anyway. I'm going to keep an eye on him and I'll let you know if anything happens.
    Any ideas? I'm trying to upload a video right now but I thought I'd go a head and post this to get some ideas going.

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  2. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think I see the same thing happening with my chicks. When they are eating their pellets sometimes they will scrunch up their neck, raise it high, then lower it down. I think it has to do with how much they are eating. Does your rooster's behavior look similar to this: She scrunches up her neck a couple of times in the beginning but the clearer one is when she is drinking from the water bowl.
     
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  3. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    I know what you're talking about without even watching that video. I've see my chickens do that when they're trying to swallow a lot of food at a time. That's not what he's doing. I'm posting the video right now.
     
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  4. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yep, that's what I thought it was.
     
  5. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    Did you watch the video? It's up and working.
     
  6. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just checked it and I'm not sure of the cause, I've seen my Silkie do the same. I'm sure that someone else on BYC will know. :)
     
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  7. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    Well thank you very much for your replies! I really appreciate it. [​IMG]
    Does anyone else know?
     

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