Welsummer constantly opens and closes her beak.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chikenlover02, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. Chikenlover02

    Chikenlover02 Just Hatched

    Feb 13, 2017
    I have a small bantam welsummer hen. For the past week or so she has been opening and closing her beak nonstop. She stands in one place and curls her neck as she opens her mouth. She won't stop doing it and I am growing very worried. Is there anything I can do to help?
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2017
  2. KingOfTheCoop02

    KingOfTheCoop02 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 7, 2017
    This could be a respiratory issue which is very common in chickens. They should be treated immediately with a medicine (not sure of names, but you can ask your vet or pet shop). To counter respiratory diseases in your flock ensure their house is a dust-free, dry environment. Ensure adequate ventilation and use straw as bedding - it is by far better than any other bedding and on no account use sawdust!

    Alternatively, your poor hen could have gapeworms, which are not common but do occur. They are nasty parasites that clog up a bird's respiratory tract and stop her from breathing properly so she 'gapes' in an attempt to breath. These are countered with wormer vaccinations which are available from the pet shop or you can use herbs or garlic generously in their diet. All animals must be wormed regularly or parasites will build up inside them.

    To boost overall flock health and repel worms you should grow a herb garden (definitely include garlic) and dry your herbs to add to your flock'so feed over the year. For advice on gardening and poultry check out fresheggsdaily.com

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