Why Is Scout Moaning? *video Link At End Of Post*

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by legalolibertine, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. legalolibertine

    legalolibertine Hatching

    Sep 7, 2011
    Background: I have 5 bantams: 1 silkie, 1 frizzled cochin, 2 sizzles, and 1 smooth sizzle. They're all about 6-7 months old. At least one has started to sing the egg song over the past week, but it's not Scout. I still don't know which are male or female, but I think Scout is a hen. None of the chickens has laid eggs yet. We live in Sacramento, CA. The weather has been pretty mild lately. The coldest it's been in the mornings is in the high-30's/low-40's, but the temp at midday today was in the 60's. The chickens free range in an enclosed pen on the side of our house.

    So this morning at around 9:00 am, I heard a ruckus in the chicken pen and I went outside to investigate. Spike was singing the egg song; s/he has done this sporadically over the past week. (Which is odd, because I thought s/he was a rooster, but that's a story for another post.) The other chickens were squawking a bit too, but not making any unusual sounds I haven't heard before. I noticed that Scout was making a weird sound like she's agitated or upset or something. The sound is like a cry or a moan, and she keeps doing it continuously. It's a really annoying sound! She was doing some little head shake too -- you can see it in the video. I don't know if that's a sneeze?

    She didn't appear sick or listless or lethargic. I picked her up and checked her out and she didn't appear injured, either. I felt around her body, and nothing seemed abnormally bumpy or lumpy or swollen or painful. I checked her vent (not really sure what I was looking for -- these are my first chickens), and it wasn't pasty or crusty or anything like that. I guess it looked normal -- nothing unexpected found there, although her vent was kind of slowly pulsating. I don't know if that's normal or what; I'm new at this whole staring-at-a-chicken's-butt thing. She was running around the pen normally, but her feathers were somewhat puffed up. None of the others were pecking at her or otherwise ostracizing her. She was eating and drinking normally. I didn't see any obvious predators about (the pen is pretty well-concealed by trees), and my dogs were in the house at the time she started making the noise. She was still making the noise when I left the house about 1:30 pm. I haven't been back home yet to check on her.

    I took a video. Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utHCUAc1k9A&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    anyway, I don't know what's wrong with her. Any insights/comments/suggestions would be helpful. Thanks!

  2. umanduhbree

    umanduhbree In the Brooder

    Aug 6, 2011
    Lacona, IA
    Perhaps this is her egg song. I know I have a couple australorps that concerned me when they started singing. It was almost like screaming. But she was just getting ready to lay. I also have a rooster who will sing the egg song if enough hens are singing. I don't know why but he sings along. My other roos don't. If Scout seems okay I would just wait and see. She might be getting ready to start laying. This is my first year too chicken too, so I don't know how close I am to being right...[​IMG]
  3. Northwood Silkies

    Northwood Silkies Songster

    May 4, 2010
    Northwest Michigan
    To me it sounds like she is having a hard time breathing (Wheezing) and you can hear her sneeze too. I would say she has a upper respiratory infection and needs some Tylan or Denagard. If you have Vetrx you can use that until you get some meds into her.
    Good luck!! [​IMG]
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    She has the start of a respiratory problem. I am not sure if it is an illness, injury or gape worms, but she is one sick bird.

    I would separate her from the rest of the flock until you can narrow down what is going on with her.
  5. Chicks4MyFamily

    Chicks4MyFamily Songster

    Apr 12, 2011
    Valley City, OH
    that is most definitely an upper respiratory issue! Separate and treat immediately [​IMG] Hope your chicken is well soon
  6. Firefighter Chick

    Firefighter Chick Songster

    May 8, 2011
    Southeast Minnesota
    I agree with what everyone is saying. it's a respiratory issue. The noises are upon inspiration and expiration and she's sneezing. get her treated quickly!
  7. legalolibertine

    legalolibertine Hatching

    Sep 7, 2011
    Gah!!! Okie dokie. The meds - where do I get them? There's a feed store down the street. Would they normally carry this stuff or do I need to order it online?

  8. TinaFridgen

    TinaFridgen In the Brooder

    Jul 13, 2015
    So what happened?? Mine is doing the same but she doesn't seem sick?

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