1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Opening mouth wide?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MorganAH, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. MorganAH

    MorganAH Out Of The Brooder

    35
    0
    32
    Dec 16, 2014
    My 3-week-old Rhode Island Red started opening her mouth wide every once and a while... mostly once we get her out of the brooder. No runny nose or acting lethargic or anything. Here's a blurry picture, plus one where she's looking normal... Hoping she isn't sick or getting ready to crow! [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  2. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,784
    136
    228
    Nov 30, 2007
    emmet MI
    It is most likely and highly probable that you have a rooster!
     
  3. MorganAH

    MorganAH Out Of The Brooder

    35
    0
    32
    Dec 16, 2014
    Noooooo!
     
  4. Cluckies

    Cluckies Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    2,315
    471
    231
    Jul 3, 2014
    Minnesota
    My Coop
    My gold commet (half RIR half White bardrock) did that quite a bit. how long does she keep her mouth open? just for a second or two? or does she hold it open? If only for a couple seconds that is what mine did, she is my best layer. ;)
     
  5. MorganAH

    MorganAH Out Of The Brooder

    35
    0
    32
    Dec 16, 2014
    Yes, she only holds it open for a second. Sometimes she'll do it 3 times in a row, or so. When I first got her she held it open for a while, but once I turned the heat down a bit, she stopped holding it open a long time.
     
  6. cocosandy

    cocosandy Chillin' With My Peeps

    303
    7
    141
    Jul 14, 2007
    Stamford, CT
    she is gaping...its from too much heat. Make sure they have water and keep an eye on the heat. make sure they can get away from it. They also do that sometimes when they have an upper respiratory infection. keep an eye on her...make sure her breathing isnt raspy...her nose or eyes are not running...
    she is too young to be crowing or trying to crow. its due to heat or some other problem.
     
  7. Cluckies

    Cluckies Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    2,315
    471
    231
    Jul 3, 2014
    Minnesota
    My Coop
    When mine did it she kinda looked like she was yawning or trying to choke something down.
     
  8. MorganAH

    MorganAH Out Of The Brooder

    35
    0
    32
    Dec 16, 2014
    Cluckies, that's exactly what it looks like. I thought maybe she was getting choked on her down feathers when she plucks them, or something? Cocosandy, I'll keep an eye on her. Heat is down and their brooder is large enough so she can get away if she's too hot, but she tends to stay close to the heat source. She rarely does this in her brooder... just more often once she's out.
     
  9. Cluckies

    Cluckies Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    2,315
    471
    231
    Jul 3, 2014
    Minnesota
    My Coop
    I would not worry. It sounds like mine. Mine did it and still does here and there and there is nothing wrong with her. just her weird thing I guess, lol
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by