Megs72

In the Brooder
7 Years
May 24, 2012
37
5
34
Boston, MA Area
I am a new flock owner and starting out - I have 4 chicks, 2 leghorns and 2 buffs. They are 4 weeks, {image below} and they seem healthy and happy, but they sometimes look like they are yawing, or gagging.

I feed them chick starter, some pea shoots, and super worms as treats that I always make sure they have grit with treats. Is this a normal behavior?

Any advice is much appreciated!





 

Hamstery

Songster
7 Years
Feb 7, 2012
269
9
103
New England
I have no idea what it is that they are doing, but wanted to let you know that my (very healthy) chicks do it also.
Your chicks are adorable, btw!
 

jahphotogal

Chirping
7 Years
May 15, 2012
242
4
83
CT
Wow, my Austra White looks just like your leghorns! (Austra white is Australorp x leghorn.) I'd been wondering if that big comb means it's a rooster, since none of my other chicks (different breeds) have one. I'm not so concerned now! Mine are a little older - about 5 1/ weeks, I think.
 

Megs72

In the Brooder
7 Years
May 24, 2012
37
5
34
Boston, MA Area
I was (AM) worried they are a roo too! The combs seem big and the leghorns are much bigger than the buffs.

Oh well I guess Ill find out! :) Im lucky if they turn out to be a roo I have someone who wants them.
 

aoxa

Crowing
8 Years
Aug 8, 2011
19,042
1,177
421
Shediac Cape NB, Canada
My Coop
I was (AM) worried they are a roo too! The combs seem big and the leghorns are much bigger than the buffs.

Oh well I guess Ill find out! :)  Im lucky if they turn out to be a roo I have someone who wants them.

 
No need to worry. Leghorns have HUGE combs very early. They are all still yellow, which is a very good sign :)

They do that yawn/gag thing to adjust their crop. If they do it very often, I might be concerned, but every chicken does it occasionally. Even when they are full grown. Something could get stuck in their throat, and that's how they fix it.
 

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