Gooey yellow/white gunk in mouth?! Chicken seems weaker :(

cottoncandyx

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So today when I went to the porch (which is where we are currently keeping the chickens, we've had them when they were babies for about 1 month 1/2 now) I noticed one of them was just tired looking. So I picked her up and noticed around her mouth she has this gooey yellow/white gunk. I thought maybe it was the oatmeal we were feeding her, but it wasn't cooked oatmeal and that's never happened before. So I cleaned it off and she seems to be doing a little better. When I opened her beak a little bit I noticed it on the top of the roof, it was mostly almost like building up on the bottom beak. On top of that she just seems tired and worn out.

I thought maybe this could be caused due to over heating and dehydration? The porch is a little stuffy and hot, actually today is the hottest it's been all summer so I thought maybe she is dehydrated. I would love some input, thank you!
 

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Songster
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This is just a wild guess, but could she have attempted to eat a slug that was too large to manage. I know when I was very young my mom had to actually dislodge a slug from a ducks beak, no less, because it had glued it closed. Your description sounded a bit like that...
 

cottoncandyx

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I took them out twice yesterday, but if it was a slug I don't think so because she was fine until this morning!


All I know is my mom told me she fed my chickens TURKEY MEAT and I was appalled, maybe could that have something to do with it?

I checked my chickens inside mouth again, and there is just gooey saliva build up
It's sticking on all sides, it's difficult to get a picture, but I will try!
 

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Songster
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You said you thought maybe she was dehydrated. Does she have access to clean water all the time? And, as long as the turkey meat was not spoiled, and she has access to grit to help in the digestion process, that should be okay, even if it does sound cannabalistic
 

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Sounds kind of like what happened to my hen with the nasty gunk in her mouth. Turned out my girl (took her to the vet) had a sinus infection because of her messed up nose holes/beak. She cleaned the gunk out and had me give her fluids and had me put her on tylan50. Coco just acted weak and not really wanting to stand but as soon as we got her home you could tell she was better.

I'd try and get out all the gunk you can. Make sure her nose isn't stuffed up if it is do a nasal flush. Also make sure she's drinking if she's not you might have to girl her fluids. My bird was 2lb even and I had to give her 27 ccs of fluid a day and I forget the dosage of tylan but I could probably find it.
 
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cottoncandyx

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May 2, 2011
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Yes! She does have access to clean water, I empty out their water and give them a new load (even if they haven't drank it all) about every 4-5 hours.

She doesn't have any more stuff in her mouth building up, BUT I did notice some small yellow chunks in the back of her throat area. As I looked again they were gone..like she swallowed them, so I'm hoping that's just their food, but then if so maybe she is not digesting properly?

For some other reason she keeps opening her mouth a lot like, open, close, open, close, she'll do this every now and then. I am no animal doctor, nor do I know if I can tell if anything is wrong with her crop or throat that is obvious


The most I can do now is keep her warm and make sure she is drinking and eating and moving properly!

Thank you for your help
 

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