Hen drinking lots of water and vomiting

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by denahli, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. denahli

    denahli Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2008
    I have a 8.5 month old barnevelder hen. When I let her out this am she went right for the water bowl and drank tons of water. I could hear a gurgle coming from her loudly like I get whe I drink too much water to fast. she would walk away, bend over to peck at food and water would dribble out. then she would eat the dribble on the food, go back to the water and do it all again. She is not lethargic or anthing. these are her only symptoms. anyone seen similar?
  2. Happy Chicken Mama

    Happy Chicken Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2007
    I have an aracaunna that does that too... so I will be curious what people have to say.

    Good Luck!
  3. Ugly Cowboy

    Ugly Cowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2008
    Corn, OK
    Oh yeah, I think thats pretty normal. Its kinda like when ya drink to much water to fast and then ya end up barfin...
  4. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    Northern California
    She just drank too much because she was thirsty. You should move their water into their coop or put another one in there. It's totally normal, but they can aspirate doing that.
  5. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    I agree w/Moody; I saw this happen once (and heard the gurgling you describe) when I put someone in charge of my chooks that I apparently should not have; when I arrived back home 48 hrs. later, their waterers were bone dry. As soon as I filled them, what you describe is what I saw.

    You may also see very runny/watery poop as well.
  6. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    yep. i agree with the others. too much, too fast. yack attack!
  7. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    Northern California
    Really gross watery poop! lol. those are always a pleasure during the summer time. Lack of water can decrease egg production too.
  8. caralouise1974

    caralouise1974 Chillin' With My Peeps

    MY BO is a total glutton with the water. She's just come into lay for the first time, and her water consumption has gone off the scale!

    She practucally dunks her head underwater, glugs down a crazy amount of it, her throat makes that gurgly noise, and then when she next bends down to peck at something a little water comes back out. (And both she and our bluebelle have quite watery poop at the moment - the weather's been getting a bit hotter here in the Midlands (UK) and I assumed they were both just drinking more to cool down.)

    Gross on both counts, but I hadn't really been too worried about it. It seems pretty normal to me. [​IMG]

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