I can see my chicken breathing from her neck...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SimonRooster, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. SimonRooster

    SimonRooster Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, it is weird but true. When my hen breaths you can see a bulge in her neck. She has been doing this for about a year and also sneezes on a regular basis. Im not worried about it, but does anyone know what it is?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Chickens have air sacs that are connected. Here is some info on how chickens breathe and a diagram of the air sacs.

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  3. SimonRooster

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    Thats cool! So you think she is breathing more from one of the air sacks? honestly, now that I have seen the diagram, It seems like the air pocket that bulges when she breaths is at the cervical air sac...
     
  4. Eggcessive

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    I don't know, but it seems like that would be possible. If an air sac gets injured, it can balloon out, and cause problems especially if it becomes large. Your chicken may have a little defect or leak that you are seeing. When a chick of mine once had a leaking air sac from injury, I heard a clicking sound when it breathed. I hope your hen gets along well.
     
  5. ashgrovechicks

    ashgrovechicks Just Hatched

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    Hi, I have just seen this, we have a 14 week old silver sussex who is also experiencing this bulging motion when breathing. Our girl has not been a straight forward chicken to say the least. She has survived a serious case of coccidiosis, is constantly sleepy, always has crusty (hard almost) feathers and has snot leaking from her nose/beak (not sure what it is called.)

    Does anybody know if this is all related??
    Thanks in advance.
     

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