Help! My chickens are spitting!?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chrisxweaver, Dec 26, 2016.

  1. chrisxweaver

    chrisxweaver Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 3 chickens at 10 weeks old give or take and they are free ranging right now and they are spitting they are eating some food I poured on the ground from the other day and they peck at it and eat it then they get some more but every once and a while they are spitting they pick up there head shake and the this spitting sound while they do that this clear fluid comes out!? Are they sick this has never happened before also my dog atttacked and killed another chicken yesterday could that be caused by it?
     
  2. PeepersMama

    PeepersMama Living in a galaxy far, far away...

    Look at their eyes and nose/beak. Do they look clear? If there is "snot" then they are most likely sick. If the "spitting" only happens once in a while, then I wouldn't worry about it too much. The dog attack could've caused stress, but if they were acting funny before, then it had nothing to do with it.
    Add some apple cider vinegar to their water. It helps with everything. Just a tablespoon at a time; it's strong stuff.

    Hope this helps!
     
  3. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    We could use a little more information. What have you been feeding them? Any table scraps from Christmas dinner? Turkey stuffing by some chance? How long has this issue been going on? Just today or has it been going on for longer?

    Sometimes chickens will regurgitate fluid from their crops if the contents are not being processed properly. Yeasts can start growing in crops where the contents have been high in sugars (starches). Feel the crops. Do they feel abnormally full and very squishy? Are the crops still full first thing in the morning before the chickens have a chance to start eating? They should be empty and flat in the morning.

    What does their poop look like? Runny and watery? Or normally mostly solid? Are they not pooping as much as they normally do?

    Answer these questions, and maybe we can have a few more clues to go on.
     
  4. chrisxweaver

    chrisxweaver Out Of The Brooder

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    I fell them normal gen feed no table scraps it's been happening for around 1 week there crops don't feel abronally squish there poop is slightly watery but sometimes runny and solid at the same time I am afraid it is worms because I've heard things like that.
    @azygous
     
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    It does sound like a respiratory condition.......Where are you located and how cold has it been?......All Birds carry disease that come out at times of stress...Getting cold can stress them.....


    Cheers!
     
  6. chrisxweaver

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    I'm located in California the coldest it's been is 40F @chickens really
     

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