strange eating habit

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  1. weirdturkeyfreak

    weirdturkeyfreak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So my tiny hen would drink water and then spit up on her food and then eat it. The spit-up isnt discolored and she JUST began to do this.
    Why is she doing this? I let her out every morning and night for a few hours and she eats gravel. Her breathing is normal. Ive tried looking down her throat to see if its sore but she wont hold still and its the only solution i can think
    (Sorry if this isnt in the right forum)
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    What type of food / treats are you feeding?
    How old is she?
    How does her crop feel?
    Does it seem to be emptying overnight?
    How does her breath smell?
    It sounds like she is trying to get some grit. Now, this is debatable, but you may want to provide her with purchased poultry grit which is usually much harder and sharper than gravel.
     
  3. weirdturkeyfreak

    weirdturkeyfreak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you're right I'm going to try it, she's few years old. I feed her wild bird seed which contains millet, rye, and sunflower seeds I give her treats which are fruit and uncooked rice. Her crop feels fine and empties every night and I think that's because she's laying eggs her breath smells though. Thank you for helping I'm going to try out your idea!
     
  4. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If her breath smells, she may be having a bit of sour crop issues.
    You may want to give her grit, plenty of fresh water and just poultry ration for a few days (you can give it to her in a wet mash if you like). Limit treats (ideally none for a day or two).
    Since she is vomiting you may want to treat her. @TwoCrows has a great article on crops, she has a section on "sour crop" and how she treats it with Monistat, you may want to take a look at that the article is here https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/impacted-slow-and-sour-crops-prevention-and-treatments


    Other information on sour crop if interested.
    http://www.tillysnest.com/2012/01/crop-issues-html/
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2014/06/chicken-anatomy-crop-impacted-crop-sour.html
     

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