Honking and mouth open. What is it

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ThinkingChickens, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Songster

    Feb 18, 2011
    My Delaware is making a honking and then opening her mouth and kind of looks like gagging. She does it over and over but eats and drinks. Why is it only my Delaware that gets sick and in trouble? Grr. Anyway, I gave her some mineral oil and yogurt in case of impacted or sour crop and she's chowing down on that. Could it be something else? Thanks guys!
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    The two things that come to mind are maybe something got stuck in her throat? I have read accounts of seeds and biscuits getting stuck in the throat, etc. My chickens will sometimes even eat a mouse whole. Makes me worry about them.

    Or hopefully it isn't gapeworm (you can search BYC for info on that if you wish).

    Respiratory disease can cause coughing, but that doesn't really seem to be what you are describing.
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2011
  3. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

    Jun 17, 2011
    Morristown, AZ
    Some of my girls do that when it is really hot and seems like the EE do it more for some reason. I don't hear much of it when things cool off.
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    My EE honks when it's real hot as well.
  5. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Songster

    Feb 18, 2011
    Well, it was very hot, and this little gal has had heat stroke in her short lifetime as well. It did stop. I'm cleaning everything today and I might give her a cool bath as well. She's completely brown, probably from trying to stay cool.

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