OneWeek Chick "Yawning/Gagging?"

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by HandLoad, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. HandLoad

    HandLoad Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 2, 2012
    I have a One-Week-Old Buff Orpington Chick that is growing well, and exhibiting no other different behaviors than the other Seven, but seems to "Yawn" silently, or "Gag" pretty frequently, maybe every Thirty Seconds or so, episodically. Accompanied with the Open Beak, Chick Elevates Her Beak in an up-and-down motion, with Neck extended.

    Is this normal behavior, or is it indicative of some disease or distress?

    Checked with Wilco, our supplier, and they say the chicks were NOT innoculated for anything.....

    Are we heading for trouble? Chicks have had Zero Outdoors, nor contact with anything but Me and My Wife.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2012
  2. Dingo

    Dingo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Could be the chick ingested a long strand of bedding and it's irritating the throat. It shouldn't be anything to worry about though.
  3. iLoveRoosters

    iLoveRoosters Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 18, 2012
    2x, sounds like she may have tried to eat a piece of the bedding. What type of bedding do you use for the chicks? And how long has the chick been doing this?
  4. tweetysvoice

    tweetysvoice Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2011
    Lawrence, KS
    My Coop
    Do you give the chicks grit at all? If they ate something like a long piece of grass and it's stuck in the crop then it might need grit for it to help digest. Just a thought.
  5. HandLoad

    HandLoad Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 2, 2012
    Pine shavings for bedding.

    Have been giving Grit (Constructors' Sand/Sharp Sand) started today.

    She seems OK, but still does the "Silent Scream" every Once in a While. Perky, Alert, Active, and Growing right along with the others.
  6. Dingo

    Dingo Chillin' With My Peeps

    might just be a bedding eater, as long as it's acting fine otherwise I wouldn't worry.

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