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Pullet is open mouth breathing, 80° today

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DiggstownChicks, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. DiggstownChicks

    DiggstownChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Just purchased a mottled houdans pullet from the state fair (1st place!)

    She seemed fine the first few (also cooler) days. We dusted her for lice today.... But before we got her out of the coop we noticed she was breathing out of her mouth.

    She did for most parts of the day. Off and on. No other symptoms that I can tell...

    Any thoughts are appreciated :)
     
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2012
  2. mmjisawesome

    mmjisawesome Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is her nose runny?
     
  3. DiggstownChicks

    DiggstownChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    No. Not that I see.
    She's not doing it now. The sun is down and she's happily eating a raw tomato.
     
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  4. CluckyCharms

    CluckyCharms Chillin' With My Peeps

    [Full Edit] Apparently a short reply saying the same thing is the better way to go.
     
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  5. stargirl

    stargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry, I'm a Brit & 80 degrees doesn't mean much to me! Was it quite warm? Was she in the sun a lot? When chickens are hot, they open their beaks & pant a bit like a dog. Totally normal.

    If she wasn't warm, most likely either
    A) blocked nose from a reaction to bedding material
    B) blocked nose due to respiratory infection
    C) gape worm.
     
  6. Sharon2012

    Sharon2012 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by stargirl [​IMG]

    I'm sorry, I'm a Brit & 80 degrees doesn't mean much to me! Was it quite warm? ;
    80 Farenheit is roughly 27 degrees Celsius. A fairly warm day for October.
     
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  7. stargirl

    stargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah, thank you! That's definitely warm enough to bring on a bit of panting, especially if she was lounging in the sun. I wouldn't worry at all :)
     
  8. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes she was just panting. They will also hold their wings out from their body to let air get to the bare skin under there.

    Just make sure she has plenty of water and shade.

    My chickens are hot every day here in Thailand. They like me to spray some water on an area of ground in the shade, so it is like a damp patch. Then they will scratch about in it and sit on the cool damp earth.
     
  9. DiggstownChicks

    DiggstownChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    You guys seem to be spot on ~ she was fine this morning and last night. :)

    Being a new chick mommy is stressful ;)

    Thanks for the responses!!
     

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