Stretching neck out and gulping?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kara_leigh, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. kara_leigh

    kara_leigh Songster

    May 3, 2011
    Bradleyville, MO
    My 3.5 week old chick keeps doing this thing where it stretches its neck out, opens its mouth wide, and gulps. It just started doing it today. What could be wrong? It doesn't do it a lot, just a once or twice an hour or so, but enough to notice.
  2. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    There could be something stuck in the crop. Or it's just yawning.
  3. earnhardtlvr

    earnhardtlvr Songster

    Mar 25, 2011
    Hagerstown, MD
    I was told if they aren't doing it constantly (that meant it was a more serious problem) it is probably readjusting its crop. I have seen mine do that. If u feel it's crop it's prob full!
  4. kara_leigh

    kara_leigh Songster

    May 3, 2011
    Bradleyville, MO
    It started doing it a bunch of times in a row, so I got it to take a couple drinks of water and it has stopped for now. I don't know what could be stuck in its crop since it only eats crumbles. Maybe pine shavings, but they are really big (bigger than its mouth) or feathers? It's been preening a lot lately. If it is a serious problem (I hope not, losing two was bad enough) what other signs should I look for?
  5. AccentOnHakes

    AccentOnHakes Songster

    Oct 2, 2009
    It might be gapeworm?
  6. bkolodge

    bkolodge Hatching

    Jun 9, 2011
    I had one doing that and when I picked it up the crop was very full and hard. I worried that it might have been eating the bedding (pine shavings and shredded paper) and that it became impacted. I massaged the crop gently until I felt it get softer; tried to move the hard part up and down to spread it out in the whole crop instead of a hard lump at the bottom. That was yesterday--today she is fine.[​IMG]
  7. mtminstrel

    mtminstrel In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2011
    East Haven, Vt
    I know the crop is the esophagus, but they have very long necks. About where would you feel for a blockage?
  8. tnchickenut

    tnchickenut It's all about the Dels!

    Jan 24, 2010
    Englewood, TN
    Two things pop into mind immediately... gapeworm (solution Febenazole (spelling may be off)) or MG (no SOLUTION but treated with Tylan or Denagard usually) ---- HOWEVER, that said, your chickie sounds really young for gapeworm.

    I would highly suggest you look over the poultrysite's "poultry diseases" pages. I would also isolate this chick - better safe then sorry until you know.

    I also could be something simple like a pine chip stuck. See, a gapeworm comes up the throat and lays eggs in the esophogus... this tickles the chickens and then they gape trying to get it out. I imagine if there is a pine chip or somethign of the like stuck it would do the same thing.

    Good luck, but without seeing the chick, it's hard for anyone to really know to tell you one thing or another with certainty.
  9. hmmcc123

    hmmcc123 Songster

    Apr 27, 2011
    University Place, WA
    I have read that when chickens do this, they are "adjusting their crop". I catch my young pullets doing it quite often. I used to think maybe it meant they were a rooster and they were trying to crow. hehe
  10. kara_leigh

    kara_leigh Songster

    May 3, 2011
    Bradleyville, MO
    I don't think its crop is impacted, I can't even feel it. Little chick's chest is nice and smooth. It did vomit a clear liquid yesterday, though.

    Quote:The first site that I found about Gapeworm says that chicks up to 8 weeks are most susceptible. My chick is 3.5 weeks. It also said that some of the main symptoms are shaking their head back and forth, and a raspy/gurgly sound to their breathing. My chick that died yesterday had those exact symptoms the day before it died.

    Is there any way to tell for sure if it is gapeworm? Should I go ahead and treat for it anyway? This chick is isolated already b/c it's the only baby chick I have left. The other two died.

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