Can hens throw up?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Crazy4Chicks, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. Crazy4Chicks

    Crazy4Chicks Songster

    Nov 20, 2007
    Glendale, AZ
    I was outside and noticed one of my LB's had her mouth open just alittle and I stayed in there just watching her - I saw her lower her and " throw " up - all it was , was water looking stuff - I went over to it and touched some to my fingers and gave a little sniff - there was no sour smell or any other funky smell it just smelled like warm water - a little cloudy. I picked her up and got her to open her mouth and I kinda smelled around her face ( she was not pleased and gave me a peck on the cheek ) but there is no smell at all, her crop feels fine nothing like what the hen that died had and after I put her down she went about digging and eating just like everyone else - and she is acting totally normal.
    Is this common? is this a sign of something to worry about ? or did she just drink to much and that was the " overflow "?

    after losing a hen from crop problems the other day - I am alittle freaked about this.

  2. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    My little roo threw up the other day. Every time he drank, he would throw up water and some kind of mucous. Not sure what it was but i treated with Vet RX and in one day, no more throwing up. I put Vet RX (room temp) in their water and put Vet RX (heated up) under his wings and on his nostrils, comb, and wattles. I am assuming it was some sort of respiratory problem but seems to be all gone now. Good luck to you and your hen.
  3. keystonebantams

    keystonebantams In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2008
    The simple answer is yes they do throw up it there is something irritating their crop, airway or throat. I have even had the throw up when I picked them up and put too much pressure on thier crop. I wouldn't be too concerned about it unless it persists for more than a day.

  4. Crazy4Chicks

    Crazy4Chicks Songster

    Nov 20, 2007
    Glendale, AZ
    well I have only seen it happen the one time - and she seems perfectly fine, not acting any different than anyone else. so maybe it was just she drank to much water and that was her overflow LOL

    thank you for the replies I feel better knowing that she is fine

  5. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    It's not exactly throughing up like we do, but it's close enough...if they drank and you picked them up and squeezed the bird, you'd get the crop contents on you.
  6. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    I have a hen that does that now and then. She's second in command but she always does what the leader does - so she drinks water whenever Ruby does even if she's not thirsty, so she'll be waddling by and "barf" up watery stuff. I worried in the beginning, now I just shrug it off because she's fine otherwise.

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