What is going on

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by scooter147, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I will do my best to describe.

    I have a little OEG bantam named E-bay that my absolute favorite. She is the sweetest, tamest, talkative little chicken I have ever owned.
    So this morning as I am in the coop feeding and watering and I hear this noise coming from above me. I look up and E-bay is in her favorite roosting spot on top of a cabinet and she is moving her head from side to side and the back of her head is touching her back. The noise I was hearing was her beak hitting the roof!, so you can get the picture of what it is she is doing. I can tell that this movement is completely involuntary.
    I thought she was in the middle of the death roll so I picked her up and she stopped. By the way this 46 year old man was near tears. she is approx 3 years old. I set her on the ground and she immediately went after the morning treat of black oil sunflower seeds they get and then she started it again and of course another hen attacked her when she did this. I picker her up and she stopped.
    I place her in a dog crate as I had to get to work.
    Anyone have a clue what is causing this or what she might have.
    I have never seen it before in my 40 years being around chickens.
     
  2. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    She could of suffered a blow to the head. Everyone else is fine?
     
  3. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, everyone else is fine.
    Why is it always the one you like the most?
     
  4. kycklingar!

    kycklingar! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a pigeon that did the upside-down head thing for his whole life. I would peek at him when he wasn't aware of my presence, and he'd be eating just fine, then going back to the upside down head-on-the-back posture. I NEVER figured out what caused it, but he lived a long and full life.
    It's hard with chickens, since they're so social and they attack eachother when they see one behaving strangely. Maybe you have a house-chicken now? [​IMG]
    So sorry.
    Is her poop OK?
     
  5. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is she opening her beak when she does this? I have a Cornish that does that ALL THE TIME. Turns out she's yawning... in a very odd manner.
     

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