chickens with hairballs?

peony07

In the Brooder
10 Years
Mar 13, 2009
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How early do chicks start "practicing" crowing? Two of my two week chicks started something a bit strange, just today. They stop and open their beaks pretty wide but don't peep. It looks like a chick would look if she was coughing up hair balls. Or, like a rooster would look if he was practicing crowing. What is this behavior?
 

luvmychicknkids

Canning Squirrel
11 Years
Mar 6, 2008
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Sometimes they will get a bit of food caught in their throat and will do that. I always tell mine....get a drink sweetie....when I see them doing that.
If it is a baby roo trying to crow, you will know it. When you hear someone strangling your babies, you probably have a little roo in the bunch. And they can start VERY early (a few weeks) or really late.
 

peony07

In the Brooder
10 Years
Mar 13, 2009
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Ferndale WA
They do it pretty frequently, like every minute or even less for a few minutes, then stop. Then not fr awhile. It is probably something in their little chicken throats. I hope they aren't roos, I'm too attached!
 

luvmychicknkids

Canning Squirrel
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Mar 6, 2008
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Floresville, Texas
I always try to think of what it would feel like to swallow chick starter without chewing it up.....and yeah, I would probably do that too. LOL I am sure you have nothing to worry about in the roo department for now.
 

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