One year old hens vomiting.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by athenabelina, Mar 17, 2017.

  1. athenabelina

    athenabelina New Egg

    May 23, 2016
    Is it normal for hens to spit up a bit? I watched one drinking water, minutes later while foraging, she spit up a stream of clear liquid then went about her business pecking. I've never noticed it before.
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    They can do that since there is not a sphincter that keeps them from regurgitating crop contents. When their heads are down the water can come out, but I would check her crop to make sure there isn't a problem such as sour crop or impacted crop. If it feels squishy like a balloon, and them again in the morning before she eats, still feels that way, she may have sour crop. In early morning the crop should be mostly empty before they eat, and it will gradually fill up during the day.
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  3. as110

    as110 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2017
    Falkland BC
    I was going to ask the same thing. I noticed it twice. They don't seem to be borhered by it and they eat and do chicken things as usual.
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    It's quite normal, in my experience - particularly in warm weather, when their water intake is higher.

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