What's wrong with my hen?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by alanandlora, Aug 14, 2014.

  1. alanandlora

    alanandlora Hatching

    Aug 14, 2014
    My wife and I are new to raising chickens , so we have a lot of questions.

    We have a RR hen that is 4-5 moths old , she started laying about 3 weeks ago.
    This morning I went out to open the coop for the day and noticed the she was making a kind of squawking noise while tilting her head back and opening and closing her mouth. she is doing this pretty much non-stop at about 5 second intervals.
    She doesn't have any crusty stuff on her beak or eyes. She has a gurgling noise in her chest like someone that had a chest cold .

    Anyone have any ideas?


  2. Suzie

    Suzie Crowing 9 Years

    Jul 9, 2009
    She may have a respiratory disease...gurgling sounds from the chest may point to this.....you can give her antibiotics if that is the cause.

    Is she free ranging at all ? If so she may have symptoms of gapeworm...this sounds more like a rasping sound with her breathing and they do tend to tilt their heads backward with this...

    How is her comb looking? Is it bright red ?

    Any further details you can give may point to what the problem with her is....
  3. alanandlora

    alanandlora Hatching

    Aug 14, 2014

    Thanks for replying. She does not free range , she stays in a chicken yard when not in her coop.
    Her comb is bright red and she laid an egg today( girl is like clockwork! )

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