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Opinions on this video?? Sick??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kzas, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. kzas

    kzas Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 6, 2015
    Hey, all! I went out this morning to check on our chicks and my easter egger isn't looking good to me! She was sitting with her feathers kind of ruffled out and then is doing a thing where she extends her neck and opens her mouth wide (no sound comes out.)

    I didn't get to do much research because I had to run to work, but I'm worried! Video is posted below. Anyone seen this before? What should we do?? I'll do more research when I get home but wanted to get this posted ASAP!
  2. kzas

    kzas Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 6, 2015
    Just came home from work and she looks worse!! Sitting all fluffed out and when she went to run away she looked very uncoordinated. Still doing the mouth/neck thing. Lots of blinking/looks lethargic and sleepy. I'm so upset. Going to separate her and try some apple cider vinegar and medicated feed. Anyone have any other tips? I REALLY don't want to lose her & I don't want her to be in pain. Help?!
  3. Mr Beaks

    Mr Beaks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2015
    Valley Springs, Ca.

    I stumbled upon your post while searching the MHP thread. I wish I had an answer for you as I see a couple hours have passed. Have you tried the "emergencies, illnesses and disease" forum yet?
  4. azygous

    azygous Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Those two symptoms alone do not mean anything, and the video is too short to get an idea of her behavior, which will tell you if she's sick or not.

    In short, a chicken that is sick will go mute, become inactive, choosing to hang out alone in a corner facing a wall, holding their tail down and flat.

    If your hen is behaving in this manner along with doing the neck and gaping beak action, she may have sour crop. The way to tell is to check the crop at roosting time and again first thing in the morning before she has a chance to eat anything. If the crop is full and squishy at roosting time and the exact same condition in the morning, instead of flat and empty, she probably has sour crop.

    On edit: I forgot to add, there's a possibility of impacted crop, as well. That may also cause the gaping beak. An impacted crop is similar to sour but is hard instead of squishy.
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2016
  5. kzas

    kzas Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 6, 2015
    She seems worse now. We left to go to the store for supplies to help her, and got a flat tire. Long story, but the flat tire could not be changed by us or tow truck. Sigh.

    We moved her inside to her own brooder. She was falling down much more, and now is just laying. Feathers all drooping, sleepy eyes, no energy, still doing the beak action. She did eat quite a bit when we were watching her, though, which seems encouraging. We checked her over and there are no obvious injuries (vent is ok, legs are ok, no drippiness on eyes or beak.) I feel so bad for her. Really hope she either perks up soon or dies without suffering. :/ Or that she makes it through the night until I can get something to help her!

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