Chicks and Chow fuzz do not mix...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by journey11, May 7, 2009.

  1. journey11

    journey11 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 14, 2009
    I let my 6 week old chicks out into my fenced front yard to "play" today and had an odd occurance. Luckily I was right there with them and saw it happen. My chow mix dog is shedding big time right now, and I was watching the chicks playing with a tuft of dog hair and chasing each other, trying to take it from one of my black australorp pullets. She suddenly became very distressed and was silently gagging on the dog hair! I went to help her, thinking she had swallowed a long strand, but when I pulled on it, it was caught on her tongue! Even for as many chickens as I have processed, I have never taken a look inside a chicken's beak before. I had no idea that the back of their tongues are like little harpoons! The hair was stuck on the spikey parts. I was able to cut the fuzz with sissors and she was able to dislodge the small remainder from there. I am afraid she would have choked to death if I hadn't been there to help her. Just passing this on as a word to the careful what you let your babies play with. It's a lot like watching after my 2 year old!
  2. noitulover

    noitulover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2009
    Central Virginia
    glad you were there to catch it!!
  3. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2009
    ft. worth
    Great save and thanks for the heads up. Good to know.
  4. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    now i gotta go look in my chickens mouths!
  5. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    Quote:That's what I'm thinking!! Mental note: look at chicks tongue and no chow fuzz! [​IMG]
  6. laurenlulu

    laurenlulu Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    I have a half chow/half lab- so I'm taking warning! Between her and my Persian cat and our Australian shepherd, there is plenty of fur around here to choke on!

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