Drooling in Kill Cone

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Kindred, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. Kindred

    Kindred Hatching

    Feb 11, 2008
    I hope someone can help me out with this.

    So today we started to process a small group of chickens. The first one went without a hitch. After I put the second into the cone I noticed brown/yellowish drool coming from it's beak.

    Is this somewhat normal? Did the chicken vomit from being upside down and carried to the cone?

    I haven't noticed any problems with these birds and they looked perfectly fine the night before and even this morning. We separated them from the flock last night to withhold food and in the other confinement coop they looked fine, didn't notice anything odd until after I put it in the cone and it had this brown/yellowish stuff coming off of it's beak. It was very think and slimy.

    Can anyone give me some ideas on this? I don't think they are sick with anything.
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I'm thinking it's the crop emptying.

  3. Kindred

    Kindred Hatching

    Feb 11, 2008
    Possibly. I didn't think of that. Since they do have a run the could have eaten stuff from there. Or their own... eww. [​IMG]
  4. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Songster

    Nov 14, 2009
    Boyers, Pa
    I have a roo that drools every time I hold him upside down by his feet. I only do it when he runs after a person, or thumps my legs. I snatch him by the feet and hold him upside down and drool just pours out of his mouth. No idea why he does it, but he does it every time and he's perfectly fine.
  5. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

    Aug 11, 2009
    Taunton, MA
    Quote:it usually from over-eating or drinking. But its nothing to worry about [​IMG]
  6. Kindred

    Kindred Hatching

    Feb 11, 2008
    I'm starting to feel better about the birds now. Two of the three that I was going to process did the drooling thing. So probably just from being upside down.
  7. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Songster

    May 20, 2008
    Osteen, FL
    The other day, while hanging a bird upside down to butcher, I noticed it was "drooling". I had never seen that before and was a little perplexed. When butchering, I observed the crop was FULL of water. Without question, the "drool" was simply coming from the crop, which was full of water.
  8. Winsor Woods

    Winsor Woods Songster

    Jun 14, 2009
    Cascade Range in WA
    Agreed. Drinking water + being held upside down = drool. Nothing to worry about. Happens all the time. I've even seen chickens drool when they aren't upside down. It just happens.

  9. Paulo515

    Paulo515 In the Brooder

    May 15, 2009
    We just processed 20 meaties today and almost all of them drooled. We didn't feed them for 24 hours before so water was all they had in their system. Their craw's were completely empty. Coolers full of fresh birds!

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