In the Brooder
- Apr 28, 2020
When I went to check on my chickens as I usually do, I was looking in the coop and heard what I thought at first to be a seagull! I later found out houwever, that It was our 6-6 1/2 month old Easter egger pullet, Bean. She’s breathing with her mouth open and it sounds raspy. This is definitely not normal for her and she’s the only bird in our flock of 15 who is breathing like this. She doesn’t have any discharge from her nostrils or mouth right now, and she’s attempting to eat, a little clumsier then usual. The weird breathing noise is accompanied by coughing(?) and she sometimes shakes her head. The coughing is the seagull noise, I suppose it could be sneezing, but it’s lower pitched than a normal chicken sneeze. Could she have something stuck in her throat? I tried to look and didn’t see anything, but she wasn’t being very cooperative either. If she has something in her throat, how would I go about getting it out? Would she need veterinary assistance? It does anyone know what else may be going on with her? A sickness maybe? Should she be quarantined? Any help or advice is much appreciated!!