chickens with hairballs?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by peony07, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. peony07

    peony07 Out Of The Brooder

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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?
     
  2. Catalina

    Catalina Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yawning?
     
  3. schmije

    schmije Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine do this too. I just assumed they were yawning. I'd be curious to know if it's something else.
     
  4. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

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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. [​IMG] 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. [​IMG]
     
  5. peony07

    peony07 Out Of The Brooder

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    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!
     
  6. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

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    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. [​IMG]
     

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