breathing with mouth open

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by loidy, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. loidy

    loidy Hatching

    Dec 22, 2010
    hi loidy here, i've had chooks for over a year, and am still learning. have, from time to time noticed hens breathing with mouth open, while sitting in nesting box. (with tongue working). why is this, can anyone tell me? is it due to heat? or could it be straining to push out the egg?[​IMG]
  2. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Songster

    Oct 9, 2010
    Mine do that sometimes when they're hot [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. Petej

    Petej Songster

    Dec 6, 2010
    PDX area
    Mine do that all the time, hot or not.

    Usually when the mouths are open, they make noise..... [​IMG]

    I don't think you have much to worry about.
  4. MTopPA_18707

    MTopPA_18707 Songster

    It's not normal that the birds are breathing through their mouth.

    There are a number of possible causes . . . including:

    - They are very hot.

    - Grapeworm [ that would also explain the sound.]

    It could be something else too . . . .

    Tell us more about your flock . . . how many birds and what age(s) ?
    What percentage of the flock has this symptom ?

    Does the coop have good ventilation ?
    When you go in the coop, are you comfortable breathing in there . . . or do your eyes water from the ammonia smell ?
    If you're uncomfortable then birds are suffering because their respiratory systems are much more sensitive than ours.

    Last edited: Jan 3, 2011
  5. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    May 18, 2009
    When they are in the nest box panting, they are usually "in labor." It's hard work pushing an egg out! Nothing to worry about.

    ETA - Welcome to BYC!
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2011

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