Do chickens cough?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Loveariver, Feb 12, 2019.

  1. Loveariver

    Loveariver In the Brooder

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    My 2 yr. old rooster lives in Trinidad & has recently started making a sound that sounds like a loud hiccup. A rumbling sound precedes the "hiccup" followed by a "sigh" like sound (same sigh that comes after crowing.
    He seems normal otherwise.
    Is this normal?
     
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  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Crossing the Road

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    Hi @Loveariver :frow Welcome To BYC
    Can you take a video of your rooster so we can hear the noise he is making? (upload to youtube, then provide us a link)

    Does he have any symptoms of respiratory illness? Mucous, watery eyes, facial swelling, etc.?

    Check inside his beak just to make sure it's clear of mucous, lesions, obstructions and canker.
    I would also check the crop first thing in the morning before he eats/drinks - see that it's empty.

    Hopefully with video or photos and a little more information, we can give you better suggestions.
     
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  3. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Songster

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    Chickens do cough. I think every animal with lungs does. Mine especially if I give them dry feed, as they all try and eat it too fast. One reason why I like fermenting their feed, the wet stuff goes down easier and they don't gag on it.
     
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  4. Loveariver

    Loveariver In the Brooder

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    Thank you.
    He has no visible symptoms, however I will try to record him and upload as you suggest.
     
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  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

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    Welcome to BYC. Here is a YouTube video of a chicken coughing:
     
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  6. Shadrach

    Shadrach Roosterist

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    Yes chickens cough, sneeze, hiccup, belch and fart.;)
    None of the above means there isn't a problem though.
     
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  7. Loveariver

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    I have actually started adding a little water to their feed to soften. They actually seem to enjoy it more that way. I tried the fermented feed....they hated it. Had to dump like 2 gals.
     
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  8. Loveariver

    Loveariver In the Brooder

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    Hmmmm. Interesting
     
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  9. Loveariver

    Loveariver In the Brooder

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    Do you hear like a guttural rumbling before he makes the sound?
     
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  10. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

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    That is not my chicken in the video. I do have a rooster who crows and has a noise afterward like air going out of a pipe. You might post a video to YouTube or Vimeo with a link posted here for us to see.
     
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