Drooling Chicken?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Haileejackson, Aug 22, 2018.

  1. Haileejackson

    Haileejackson Hatching

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    Hi everyone,

    Ive had this chicken for about a month, shes around 3 years old and an isa brown. When I first got her I noticed she was shaking her head a lot. As time has passed things have gotten worse. Shes been drooling excess saliva for around a week now, usually clear/foamy. Today it was more thick/mucus like. She has been gasping for breath and shaking her head, with some trouble swallowing. Otherwise she has no other symptoms. Eyes and nose are fine. Not lethargic, no loss of appetite. She doesn't appear to have any sores/plaque in her mouth so I dont think its canker. I cant seem to find out whats wrong so Im hoping someone can help! The next step will be a vet.
     
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  2. Salamander1914

    Salamander1914 Chirping

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    My chickens often shake their heads... I had a rooster this year with discharge coming from his mouth, we never found out for sure what it was but we thought it might be sour crop. He wasn't eating or drinking though. We had to hand feed him every day, opening his beak. It's good your hen is eating. My rooster did actually survive, and he's now strutting around our yard happily. What we did is feed him yogurt, with oats, and a bit of garlic, and put Apple cider vinegar into his water.
     
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  3. Salamander1914

    Salamander1914 Chirping

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    Is her crop soft at all? It should be empty in the morning before she gets fed, but once she's had some feed it shouldn't be soft.
     
  4. Haileejackson

    Haileejackson Hatching

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    Her crop feels normal, but I'm not an expert so I'm not entirely sure. I have another chicken who now has a runny nose so I'm wondering if they're related.
     
  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Crossing the Road

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    If you have vet care, that is always best.
    Do you have any photos of the hen that is sick?
     

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