Buff Orpington chicks shaking their heads? Is something wrong with them?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DreamsInPink, May 9, 2016.

  1. DreamsInPink

    DreamsInPink Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 12 chicks in a large brooder on my front porch. They are 5 weeks old as of yesterday, 5/8/16. I was visiting with them and checking on them a little while ago and I noticed several, if not all, of them are shaking their heads... not super hard or for very long, but like a dog much shake it's head if you blow on it's ears.

    My first concern was lice/mites or some other little bug. I didn't get any out to inspect them closely at that time.

    They are in a brooder that 2 older groups have already occupied with no signs of lice or mites.

    Any opinions?
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I think it can be common for chicks to shake their heads quite a bit, since their feathers are growing in at a very fast rate. My polish chicks did that a lot, and still do at 5 years old. But, still, I would keep an eye out for tiny bugs around the vent and elsewhere on their skin.
  3. DreamsInPink

    DreamsInPink Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok, thank you. They are settled in for the night.. but tomorrow I will check them out. I hope it's nothing.
  4. DreamsInPink

    DreamsInPink Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well I checked them over good today and I didn't see anything, but boy were they mad at me... lol :rolleyes:

    What exactly am I looking for?? I have no idea what chicken lice and mites look like.
  5. chickencrazy21

    chickencrazy21 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2012
    west covina california
    Trust me youd know them if you see them. Mites are usually colored. Red ones are hard to get rid of and the worst. Lice my girls get as wild birds have access to them currently. There usually like a whitish brown.
  6. DreamsInPink

    DreamsInPink Chillin' With My Peeps

    I googled some images, so at least I kind of know what I'm looking for. Thank you!

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