watery mucus from beak...5 month old americauna hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lmggabe, Jan 3, 2017.

  1. lmggabe

    lmggabe Hatching

    Aug 24, 2016
    Hello. I just got a new Americauna hen, about 5 months old. Not laying yet. I have one Golden Sex Link. The Americauna, "Claire", is separated from the sex link, in her own coop and run in a different part of the yard. She looks well, active, eats heartily, scratches all day and all in all a great chicken. I noticed today a watery mucus occasionally coming from her mouth. Not all the time, she eats then it might come up. Her beard is a bit matted down, most likely from the spit up. I got her from the same spot my sex link came from. She will stay quarantined for at least a month, so do I start antiobiotics? Her run has sand/dirt combo and was covered by pine nuggets she has scratched away. I rake the run in the am before I put her in. I also checked her crop and didn't feel anything and her nares and eyes look good. Is she getting 'used to' our yard or should I start a round of antibiotics to be sure? Thanks.
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2017

  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Sometimes chickens will tend to "drip" water from their beaks if their head is down and they have just drunk water. But I would check her crop for a possible impaction or sour crop. Feel of the crop to see if it is empty, full, hard , or soft, or like a balloon. The first thing in the morning, feel it when it should be empty. If she has something stuck in her crop like loss grasses, she could be drooling and have a foul odor around her beak. Hopefully it is not a crop problem, but here is some info to read about crop problems.

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