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Drooling hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jcabral, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. jcabral

    jcabral Out Of The Brooder

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    So I posted a couple weeks ago about a hen that seemed to have a respitory issue. I isolated her and have her antibiotics, and she seemed to get better. She started laying daily again and stopped drooling. Today I noticed she was drooling again. I did notice though it is only after she drinks (I think), and she acts like there is something maybe stuck in her throat or crop. She will open her mouth for a few seconds, shake her head, and when she does she drools a clear stringy water looking substance. She may scratch her beak area with her foot, then she's fine and goes back to pecking around or whatever else. I wonder if she sometimes eats too big of a pebble or something. She does not act sick, and she doesn't do this all the time. Any ideas? She is a barred rock about a year old. Thanks
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I remember your earlier thread. What were all of her symptoms during her illness? It could be that she is just not completely over her illness yet. Or it could be a crop problem--does her crop feel puffy and balloon-like? Crop stasis or sour crop can be fairly common, and that could be making her spit up if she is not digesting her food.
     
  3. jcabral

    jcabral Out Of The Brooder

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    Sneezing, lethargic and stopped laying. I haven't felt her crop
     
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Have you looked in her mouth and throat?

    -Kathy
     
  5. jcabral

    jcabral Out Of The Brooder

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    I have not looked in her throat. What would I look for? Something stuck? I started putting apple cider vinegar in with their water. Haven't noticed any change though
     
  6. myfinefeatheredfriends

    myfinefeatheredfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had an EE that sort of "spit up" occasionally after drinking sometimes. She had a case of chicken reflux, so to speak. I had to give her 3 .ml of Zantac, as prescribed by my vet.
     
  7. cluckcluckluke

    cluckcluckluke Overrun With Chickens

    Sounds like pehaps she had that first respitory problem, now she has a crop impaction.
    Look up crop impaction or problem on BYC and there are many threads. Also get some all natural Yoghurt for her.
     

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