Strange behaviour in Buff orpington

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ladrholman, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. ladrholman

    ladrholman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I noted that when my buff orpington ? hen or roo.( not sure yet) went to roost tonight he/she was shaking her head, would close one eye and I noted her comb would go pale. It would return to normal when when she stopped. She looked like something was really annoying her in her head. Almost a "paranoid look" on her face. She has been acting normal. Eating, drinking, running around, normal... I picked her/him up and he/she was less than impressed. She acted normal. Eyes clear, comb bright. After she went back up to roost she/ he seemed normal again. I have read some that lice or parasites can cause irritation in the birds. I am new at this. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have Buff Orpingtons too, and have never seen this.

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  3. ladrholman

    ladrholman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been searching on gape worms too and I have noted my birds occasionally do a mild sort of open mouth and stretch. I will check them in the morning. See if I can see anything. They do love to forage for bugs and worms. I also lost 2 birds recently of unknown cause. They just got weak and lost weight and died.
     
  4. chickatee

    chickatee Out Of The Brooder

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    i notice that my buff orpington does this aswell so id say its nothing to worry about. as for them streaching their neck and openin their mouth i see my hens do that aswell.[​IMG]
     
  5. ladrholman

    ladrholman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Checked her this morning. Her comb is normal color but I noticed she is still doing a little head shaking. She is also closing that one eye a bit too. I tried to look down her throat.. not an easy task... Did not see anything. but I am guessing I might not always. Chickens are a challenge!!!
     

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