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My chicken keeps scratching his head or rubbing beak on floor of koop

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickenboy12, May 16, 2008.

  1. chickenboy12

    chickenboy12 Hatching

    May 16, 2008
    hello i just got my very first chicken a rhode island red rooster and i noticed he scratches his head with his claws or rubbs his head on the floor of the coop. Is this normal or just dry skin or mite or lice, or something worse.
  2. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    is he doing it all the time or just went he eats and drinks?
  3. chickenboy12

    chickenboy12 Hatching

    May 16, 2008
    theres times were it looks like he's when he doesn't eat or drink, but he starting to do it just when he eats and drinks
  4. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    Do you have just that one chicken or companions? they get lonely because they are flock animals.
  5. apbgv

    apbgv Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    My girls do that if they have eaten something that is a little sticky like the banana I threw out there yesterday(they didn't like it much), or the cooked potatoes I shared the other night.
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Most of the time it's because there's something stuck on their beaks and they haven't figured out napkins yet. [​IMG]
    Your baby should be fine.

    KSANDERS1 In the Brooder

    Apr 17, 2008
    south carolina
    My chickies do that when they get a taste of chicken poopy. They try to wipe it off as quickly as possible.
  8. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member 10 Years

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    I'm pretty sure it's a natural behavior. My sister and I used to say that the chickens were "sharpening their beaks" when they did that.
  9. chickenboy12

    chickenboy12 Hatching

    May 16, 2008
    I want to get him to the vet for a general check up when should i get one.
  10. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    how old is the roo?

    go ahead and treat for mites/lice..poultry dust (such as Ectiban-D by durvet)
    or Sevin..(garden and livestock dust)
    you can apply around comb using a Q-tip..and a little vaseline..

    check the beak nostrils and make sure they are clear.

    is he eating and drinking?

    for ear mites, you can use ear mite treatment for cats..

    also..using a small flashlight, check his mouth and throat for sores or black dots or gape worm..(red in throat)

    check eyes for wetness or swelling.

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