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Squawking hen

Discussion in 'Poultry Chat' started by Ayembee, Jan 1, 2020.


  1. Ayembee

    Ayembee PetForums Newbie

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    I have an old hen about 8 years old who is showing odd behaviour. She stretches her neck and opens her mouth and squawkes. She has been doing it for weeks now. If she was a mammal I would say she had something in her throat. She is eating and is a good weight with no obvious signs of illness. She doesn’t move around as much as my other hens..free range..but she is older. I have had hens for 30 years or so but never seen this. Any advice welcome.
     
  2. Cleo38

    Cleo38 PetForums VIP

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    Have you checked her throat at all? One of my hens started doing this (although she was a lot younger) & it turned out she had oral cankur.
     
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  3. Ayembee

    Ayembee PetForums Newbie

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    No I thought about taking her to the vet but apart from this she seems very healthy thankyou. I will look into that
     
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    If it’s been happening for weeks I’m surprised she’s not been seen by a vet already tbh
     
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    Yes please take her to a vet, this sounds unusual.
    When hens appear to be yawning they are rearranging their crops put I've never known a hen to squawk at the same time.
     
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    Ayembee PetForums Newbie

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    Found a specialist chicken vet just up the road. Exhaustive examination and finally decided it was the airsacs in her lungs which were much larger than normal. Antibiotics for five days and she should improve. The squawking probably from drawing in to breatheI suppose.
    Thanks for all your advice
     
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    Glad you found out what was wrong. Wishing her a speedy recovery :)
     
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