Chicken making noise like purring

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MargoBarbara, Jan 8, 2015.

  1. MargoBarbara

    MargoBarbara Out Of The Brooder

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    HI all, one of the girls is sounding like she is purring this mornig and I know that this not a normal sound for her. Eating scratch but it sounds very odd. I tried massaging her crop and can't feel anything but it's very odd. Any suggestions very welcome, it's distressing to hear her breathe like that. I suspect she got into bird seed and ate a sunflower seed-the little birds strew their seed everywhere.
     
  2. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check out the youtube link below. Is that the sound you're hearing?

     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Chickens will do this when they are warning the flock of possible danger. It sounds like a purr or mid range growl. If a Hawk is seen in the sky, squirrels are getting too close or the dog is lingering close to the run, they make this noise to alert the flock to be on guard for danger.

    Great to have you aboard and welcome to our flock!
     
  4. MargoBarbara

    MargoBarbara Out Of The Brooder

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    No to the link, it's more like a noise of breathing through an obstruction. Almost a honk/purr? It's hard to describe. She seems laboured but not open-mouthes when she breathes because her whole body moves. I didn't hear it yesterday, it obviously developed overnight. I am going to try to oil her and rub the crop, in case it is a blockage.
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.
     
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Something in the crop will not cause breathing noises. Don't give her oil. Oil is not good for a crop. She could have something stuck in her airways. This will cause honking. She may eventually honk it out of her.

    You might post this in our emergency section to see if anyone knows how to get her airways clear....https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures
     
  8. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

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  9. MargoBarbara

    MargoBarbara Out Of The Brooder

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    We will see how she fares throughout the day-she still eats and just laid and egg. The noise sounds to me like the sounds baby crows make when they are being fed so I think it's something down her trachea. Sigh. Time to get the flashlight out tonight and see about opening her mouth to check. Any advice on that? I did look at the ER page, haven't noticed anything like that
    thanks for the welcomes!
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    could you post a short video of her doing the purring? this has often helped with a diagnosis
     

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