gagging??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TheNewHen, Aug 22, 2014.

  1. TheNewHen

    TheNewHen Hatching

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    This morning my sweet hen is acting like she's gagging. She just opens her mouth really wide every few minutes. Do I need to be concerned? ?
     
  2. Carpenter Coop

    Carpenter Coop Chirping

    Ive seen mine do that too, but I don't know why either.
    They don't look stressed
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2014
  3. TheNewHen

    TheNewHen Hatching

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    Thanks! That makes me feel better.
     
  4. Carpenter Coop

    Carpenter Coop Chirping

    Im a newbie,
    Lots of habbits to learn
     
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    She may have a bit of grass or something else stuck half way down. If it continues for more than a day, then you might be concerned.
     
  6. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

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    Let me jump in here. What you describe can be caused by a number of things. The last comment made should be taken to heart. KEEP AN EYE ON HER.

    It could be something that is having a hard time being processed in the crop. This isn't so concerning and can be remedied by squirting some oilve oil into her mouth, careful not to get it down her wind pipe. Then massage the crop in a downward motion. This should give her relief.

    But it could be a signal that sour crop is rearing its ugly head. If that's what's happening, her poop will be changing to watery and greenish. So watch her as well as her poop.
     
  7. Carpenter Coop

    Carpenter Coop Chirping

    Great information

    Great people
     
  8. TheNewHen

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    She hasn't done it since. Thanks for all the great information! !!
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    They also do often just that to 'adjust' their crop.
     

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