Rooster Doing Something with Tongue?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Gemefraiche, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. Gemefraiche

    Gemefraiche New Egg

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    My rooster, Roosevelt, does this thing where he opens his beak and wiggles his tongue up and down. He is the only chicken I have seen do that, but I don't know what he's doing. Is it something only roosters do? Is it common?
     
  2. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    How old is he? How long has he been doing it?
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Kind of like a dog panting? My birds do that on warmer than average days. But it could also be a sign of stress or illness.
     
  4. Gemefraiche

    Gemefraiche New Egg

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    He's about three months. He's been doing it maybe for a month or two? It's not like how a dog pants, but a slow up and down motion.
     
  5. puffypoo22

    puffypoo22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    dont roosters do it when they crow or am i making that up?
     
  6. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's why I was asking how old he is. Sounds like practice crowing...with no sound.
     
  7. showinbirds

    showinbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it looks kinda like he is yawning, he has hook worms. Chickens don't yawn.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    not hookworms He may have gapeworms. You can check by gently swabbing the back of his throat with a q-tip. If it comes out tinged with red or sometimes even the little worms you will have confirmed that. Please check out "gapeworms" in the search box.

    He may be trying to crow but, it won't hurt to check his throat with a q-tip
     
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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  10. Gemefraiche

    Gemefraiche New Egg

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    I haven't swabbed his throat yet. To be honest, I'm a bit scared that I might hurt him. I also noticed two of my pullets doing the same thing with their tongues. Can you give me any advice about how to swab their throats?
     

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