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katog

  • Joined Jan 2011
    • The Veggie Patch
Hen throws head back to drink
« on: January 30, 2012, 11:54:15 am »
Do you know what the matter might be?
She is a ? 3 year old ex batt otherwise healthy looking bum not dirty, just throws her head right back to drink.

Sylvia

  • Joined Aug 2009
Re: Hen throws head back to drink
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2012, 01:14:26 pm »
All birds do this, some more than others :)

daddymatty82

  • Joined Aug 2010
  • swindon
Re: Hen throws head back to drink
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2012, 02:19:35 pm »
thats how birds drink aint it take a sip then lift head to take water down . without doing it they cannot drink.

Marsbar

  • Joined Jun 2011
Re: Hen throws head back to drink
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2012, 07:17:41 pm »
Yep, mine do that.
But more noticeable than others.
Richard
from Sheffield now in Chesterfield

manian

  • Joined Sep 2010
Re: Hen throws head back to drink
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2012, 08:09:04 pm »
yep mine too :chook:
Mx

DJ_Chook

  • Joined Jun 2009
  • Mid Wales
  • Chicken mad, nothing else just chickens.
Re: Hen throws head back to drink
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2012, 10:27:07 pm »
I have one that doesn't sip. She completely head dunks & throws her head way back, like she's dying of thirst and has never drank water before.
Chicken nutter extraordinaire.

katog

  • Joined Jan 2011
    • The Veggie Patch
Re: Hen throws head back to drink
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2012, 03:53:16 pm »
This is not normal behaviour, she is one of 17 hens and has just started doing this 3-4 days ago the others still drink normally.
Thanks for your replies, maybe someone else knows of a cause for her severe action throwing her head so far back it is upside down against heer back .

jaykay

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: Hen throws head back to drink
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2012, 04:27:54 pm »
Ah, that sounds odd.
Have you checked her crop? If it's impacted, ie full of 'stuff', often long grass or hay, then it will block the passage of both food and water to some extent.
If it is that, I syringe some vegetable oil down their beaks and then hold them with their head at least horizontal, if not down a bit and massage the stuff out. It stinks, but they look heartily glad to be rid of it.
The other thing can be gapeworms - when was she last wormed?

daddymatty82

  • Joined Aug 2010
  • swindon
Re: Hen throws head back to drink
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2012, 08:48:29 pm »
sour crop will stink as well and the birds will not eat  and be all lethargic least that's what 15 of my hens done in the past 12  mths i always seam to catch them to late and then after all   the time they die. you could also if you feel impacted crop or its sour crop and you cannot get it massaged out  with oil  get the scalpel out and cut in to the crop and take the mess out that way then stitch the wound up and purple spray it that some times works

oldhinton

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Hen throws head back to drink
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2012, 10:45:18 pm »
This is completely normal for a lot of poultry !!

 

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