young pullet opening mouth very far and putting beak in the air

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickenchok, Oct 24, 2008.

  1. chickenchok

    chickenchok Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Should I be worried? She's been doing this every few seconds for awhile now... not sure how long.
    Thank you!
     
  2. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
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    Was/is she eating? My chicks/chickens do that when they eat to fast and they are trying to get the food to go down.
     
  3. chickenchok

    chickenchok Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for your input... she seems fine now. Perhaps it was a big day outside in the fresh air! [​IMG] It's getting cool outside (in the 50's and 60's) and she and her buddies were out in a small pen in the yard for a few hours today.

    Thanks again.
     
  4. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    Your welcome. I love to watch them play outside. Glad she is doing better.
     
  5. burntumber

    burntumber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are common parasites called Gapeworm that will cause them to make odd motions like this.
     
  6. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

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    You don't say how old your chicken is and if you are certain it is a pullet, but when our rooster was only 3-4 weeks old he would do something very similar - and it ended up he was sort of practicing to crow [​IMG] He finally got it out around 6 weeks of age. This may not be what your chicken is doing, but from the description, it sounds similar, so thought I'd mention it......

    Penny
     
  7. Just-Like-Hatching

    Just-Like-Hatching Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had one doing this. When I picked her up and looked in her mouth she had a stick caught in her throat. I had to use a pair of needle nosed pliers to pull it out. After a couple of days she was fine.
     
  8. chickenchok

    chickenchok Chillin' With My Peeps

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    she is a Buff Orpington, about 5 weeks old. And she has a yellow comb. so I don't think she is a rooster. But she might be.[​IMG] did yours have a yellow comb?


    thanks,
    chickenchock
     
  9. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

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    No, but none of mine had yellow combs - they all started out kind of pink.

    At 5 weeks, I'm sure you're right. I just didn't know if it was still a iddy bitty biddy ;-)

    Has she been doing it anymore? Hopefully it was just one of those odd things that chicks do to scare the snot out of the owner.

    Take care,
    Penny
     

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