What does head shaking signify?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by azygous, May 20, 2012.

  1. 2greenboyz

    2greenboyz Songster

    Jun 15, 2009
    You are so funny. That is great news - when you looked in the ear you didn't see any black flecks (indicative of mites)? Hopefully the head shaking will improve now. Happy to hear she got a clean bill of health.
  2. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Well, she may have nice pink, clean ears and throat, but she's still shaking her head and scratching it with her foot.

    Nope, no sign of black peppery scamps, signifying mites or termites or whathaveyou.

    She really does behave as if something in her ears are causing her great discomfort. I wish I could figure out what to do for her to make her feel better.

    None of the others seem to have any problem like this. No sign of any sort of parasites in the coops, and never have.
  3. littlebluechick

    littlebluechick Chirping

    Dec 21, 2011
    I seriously doubt it - I have a Yokohama that was beat up pretty bad on the head when she was young. It was neosporin every day for a week and I separated her in an open wire dog crate in the coop. She is over a year old and is totally fine now and doesn't shake her head or show any signs of head injury. Other hens though, adults, often shake their heads. I have a big pen and coop, so its probably not due to confinement, however, I have a few hens that are clearly bullies which I know make some of the hens nervous. Head shaking is a delimma that I am trying to figure out too. If it were bugs, you woud think the other hens would be picking at the head shakers head.
  4. hulsey2322

    hulsey2322 Hatching

    Oct 6, 2016
    I can tell you my for starters that there's a reason your not satisfied with the other post .. I've raised game chickens for 20+ years now . For breeding purposes only .. My flock was recently infected with a mycoplasmal bacterial infection, also known as ( C.R.D ) chronic respiratory disease . I quickly began treatment on my chickens , with injectable L.A 200 and LS-50 in their water .. But this wasn't enough .. My symptoms at first was runny nose , bubbles in the corners of the eyes and gurgling sounds . I quickly got it under control but still have the issue on my yard because C.R.D is 100% incurable it can only be treated not cured .. My chickens do not have lice or mites , I dip my chickens and I give them ivomectrin injectable which kills all lice and mites plus any eggs that are on my fowl . But I said all that to say this , the head shaking your noticing is symptoms of C.R.D . Some chickens can have it for years and never show direct symptoms unless you know exactly what to look for .. Denegard 12.5 is the best thing I've found to control mycoplasmal infections . If you wanna know more message me your number I'll be glad to help you all I can .. God bless have a great day
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2016
  5. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Thanks for responding to my post, even though it's been four years since I started the thread. The hen I spoke about is now going on six years old, and she's in very good health and still laying, as are all my six and seven year olds. No sign of any respiratory disease in my flock at all.

    If my memory hasn't totally gone south on me, I think I finally squirted some ear lubricant drops into her ear that I had gotten free at a recent health fair. That did the trick. She had dry ear, itchy ear and the drops solved the problem. She hasn't shaken her head in years.
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  6. jcoz

    jcoz Chirping

    Oct 26, 2016
    Erie, Pennsylvania
    Not to whoop a dead horse, but ppl adding to old threads helps a lot. I'm gonna check my girl's ear tomorrow, she shakes her head regularly and none of the others do. Unless it's neurological, but I have a hard time believing that. Chicken ears, chicken butts... I'm probin so much I should be a reporter.
  7. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Crowing

    Jul 19, 2016
    I know this thread is old but a head shaking motion may indicate early wry neck.
  8. PertyGertie

    PertyGertie Songster

    Jul 10, 2014
    Southwest Michigan
    :lau I'm dying here! Seems like we all are looking in places we never dreamed we'd be looking until we got chickens!
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2016
  9. Head shaking is the result of trouble breathing.
  10. amanda1

    amanda1 Songster

    Aug 5, 2015
    Joined: 12/2012
    Posts: 4,743

    Head shaking is the result of trouble breathing.

    Now that is the first time I've herd that. My nine month old hen has been shaking her head for months! I've just recently realized, she also has trouble breathing. She also has never laid an egg. We've done worming, antibiotics, and now anti fungal, but with no results. I had her to a vet who is as dumbfounded as I am. I have spent hours researching and searching for answers. Her only symptoms are the head shaking and dry rales, and obvious difficulty breathing.

    The coop is clean. No one else in the flock has symptoms. I sure wish I could help her, but cannot find the cause of the problem!

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