Rooster coughing? Behavior or sick?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by stina3246, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. stina3246

    stina3246 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had birds of all sorts since I was little and NEVER heard one cough. I've heard plenty of sneezing but my new Cochin Goldlaced Banty Rooster makes a noise like a cough. He seems fine, healthy. Eating, mating, clucking, crowing flapping, strutting. His crow is nice and loud and robust (for a banty) but he also makes this noise that sounds like someone with bronchitis coughing. He seems to do it mostly when I am putting them up for the night. Their coop is not finished so every night I pick them all up and put them in a secure hutch. The hens go in a little travel box but I carry the rooster and he will often cough. I don't know if anyone has ever heard anything like this.
     
  2. stina3246

    stina3246 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone? Any ideas?
     
  3. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Could be worms? I've heard others say that the gape worm can cause coughing in a chicken. Otherwise, if he has no evidence of an upper respiratory infection, I would just watch him for further symptoms.
     
  4. Yazzo

    Yazzo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's too hard to tell without actually hearing it myself, but it's probably a behavior thing. Chickens make a lot of strange sounds. [​IMG]
    Maybe you could upload a video of it?
     

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