Strange head shaking in my rooster

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by R.M.Qureshi, Feb 7, 2015.

  1. R.M.Qureshi

    R.M.Qureshi Songster

    Jun 20, 2011
    Lahore , Pakistan
    Dear members,

    My rooster is shaking his head in a strange manner. Can any one identify what is causing this strange movement.
    Other wise he is healthy and active . Crowing loudly, and mating agressively. Ear canals are clear. No lice or mites on the body.

    Looking forward to yur valuable comments. Please have a look at the link below.

    Thank you
  2. R.M.Qureshi

    R.M.Qureshi Songster

    Jun 20, 2011
    Lahore , Pakistan
    Any one ?
  3. ChucktheChick

    ChucktheChick Songster

    Sep 24, 2012
    The coop
    Hmmm. He looks fine, how long has this been going on? I don't know, ut ill do some research.
  4. Suzie

    Suzie Crowing

    Jul 9, 2009
    Sorry that you have not had any possible information on the cause of this...

    I did look at the video you posted...

    I would check for any of the following:

    Respiratory disease...listen closely to his breathing..any signs of discharge from eyes...nostrils ( nares)

    Sinus infection is also a possibility

    Lice/Mites...can also cause the mentioned symptoms

    Have you recently treated for lice/mites ? If so...what product did you use ?

    p.s. He is absolutely gorgeous!!!
  5. Windyschickens

    Windyschickens In the Brooder

    May 3, 2016
    Did you ever find out what's going on with your rooster? I have a spitzhauben, I think, that's doing the same thing. His head just goes everywhere and sometimes it's subtle and other times it's very dramatic. He doesn't do it all the time either, he goes through periods through out the day where he doesn't have any neck/head issues.
  6. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Crossing the Road

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Hi @Windyschickens :frow You have found an old thread:)
    Shaking of the head like that could be adjusting the crop - check to make sure the crop is emptying overnight, that he is drinking and has a source of poultry grit (crushed granite/small stones) available.

    While your checking his crop function - give his a going over to see if there are any lice/mites that he may have, don't forget to look in the ears too.

    Just my thoughts.
  7. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I agree that first a crop problem should be looked for. Second, I would look for respiratory disease symptoms (nasal or eye drainage, sneeze) or ear mites. Lastly, some chickens develop neurological symptoms that can involve neck movements that almost look like a tic or involuntary movement. If you would like to start a new thread of your own, so more will take notice, post here:

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