My hen is making a weird sound like a long hiccup

richbrad08

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hello, it’s been a while since I post. Started back raising chickens. Got a mix flock. Today my silver Wyandotte is making a weird noise. Not sure if it’s something I should be concerned about.
 

Eggcessive

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That is a sneeze. Is she doing that often? She might be showing signs of a respiratory infection, such as infectious bronchitis. Look for any clear nasal drainage, congestion, or watery/bubbly eyes. Sometimes I will see a chicken sneeze after eating dusty feed, and getting something in her nose.

Edited to say—After again looking at the video, it appears that the chicken is crowing,and not sneezing.
 
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calichicken75

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hello, it’s been a while since I post. Started back raising chickens. Got a mix flock. Today my silver Wyandotte is making a weird noise. Not sure if it’s something I should be concerned about.

This made me giggle ... I have a hen who does this, Im almost positive she’s trying to crow. My dominant hen does this. Apparently it’s a thing lol. A friend of mine who’s very experienced and breeds chickens wasn’t concerned when he heard my hen and agreed with me on the crowing thing. I personally don’t think she’s sneezing, I’ve heard mine sneeze from respiratory infection and doesn’t sound like this at all ...But I very well could be wrong.

 
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momma chickie

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hello, it’s been a while since I post. Started back raising chickens. Got a mix flock. Today my silver Wyandotte is making a weird noise. Not sure if it’s something I should be concerned about.
I have had a couple of crowing hens...usually an alpha hen and no roosters...they sort of take on that role of crowing.
 

richbrad08

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Thanks. I would have never guess crowing since there all hens. I wouldn’t say she’s dominate the golden lace Wyandotte would be my guess since she chases the puppy and she runs to other chickens if they get pick up. I am going to check for drainage just to make sure
 

coach723

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I've had hens crow also, it often sounds weird and can make the first reaction be that they are sick, and mistake it for a cough or sneeze. Most of mine only do it occasionally, or for a short time and then stop. I would check her over for safeties sake, but my first reaction was that that was a crow.
 

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Well, after looking again at the video, I also agree with the others that it sounds like an attempt to crow. Sorry, ai didn’t pay more attention, and jumped to sneezing as the sound.
 

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