My hen is acting weird

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by J2001, Oct 11, 2015.

  1. J2001

    J2001 New Egg

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    My hen is almost a year old and she is walking around opening her mouth then closing it...she continually does this and at the same time she looks like her vent is contracting. I did see her drink but, really not eating much. Does anyone know what could cause this or has experienced this. I'm really worried that something is wrong.
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Has it been hot? They will pant when they are hot. Birds don't sweat, so they pant like a dog. Usually their wings are held out a bit from their body to help cool them as well.
     
  3. J2001

    J2001 New Egg

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  4. J2001

    J2001 New Egg

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    its been 80 degrees and windy. I have seen them all have their mouth open when it's hot and it's not like that it's almost like she is trying to make a noise but nothing will come out and at the same time her bottom looks like it's contracting.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    The vent can contract/pulse during body movements other than pooping or laying.
    Sometimes they open and close their mouths and move thier head and neck around to adjust their crops.
    Check her crop and see how it feels.
    You might want to isolate her for a couple days to monitor her food/water intake, her poops and her crop function.
    Take food away at night then check her crop first thing in the morning before giving her her food back, crop should be empty then.
    Best if you can put her in a wire dog crate right in the coop and/or run so she can still see her flock mates to avoid reintegration issues later.
     
  6. J2001

    J2001 New Egg

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    I will give that a try immediately.
    Thank you everyone that has taken the time to help, I really appreciate it, as I am new to this and trying to care for them to the best of my knowledge and thru research. I appreciate your time
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    There's a lot to learn the first year!
    Lots of little details that really are pretty simple, once you know about them.
    Until then it can be scary and frustrating, just keep asking questions and searching and reading and you'll build up your knowledge, it will get easier and more enjoyable.
     
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