Chicken with droopy wings (when its hot).. is it always a bad thing?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by undine, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. undine

    undine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know having droopy wings is a symptom of having worms, but when a chicken is drooping her wing, is it always a bad sign? Sometimes i see my chickens with droopy wings when theyre just chilling/sitting down/standing still on a hot day. WHen they arent standing still or sitting down, their wings are back up and it looks normal. So is this is a sign of having worms, or is it because theyre hot and they wanna cool themselves by "airing" out their sides?
     
  2. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Droopy wings and panting...poor babies are hot and uncomfortable. You can put ice in their water or put up a mister.

    I have never heard about the droopy wing means worms thing. Could be?? I try to worm & dust 2x a year anyway.
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    AZBootsie hit the nail on the head. Your hens are holding their wings out to the side to release trapped body heat. It's just a cooling mechanism - not to worry. A general 'droopy' appearance may indicate worms or other illness, but droopy wings?????
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    When they are too hot they will hold their wings away from their body just a little, and pant.
     
  5. undine

    undine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah =( it has been hot out and everyday ive been giving them ice water with electrolytes and vitamins. I even have a little fan blowing [​IMG]
     
  6. undine

    undine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Haha yeah, droopy wings.. i guess? They put their wings down a little while holding them out a bit
     
  7. undine

    undine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks =) i was getting worried because ive been reading lots of stuff about gapeworms.
     

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