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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:28 pm 
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I just attended two poultry shows in QLD and noticed that some of the chickens tend to shake their heads their heads often - is that normal?


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 2:01 pm 
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shaking heads is often a sign of stress. birds are stressed at shows. the first show is the worst as no amount of pen training prepares them for it. they usually settle down after this.

indian game get frothy eyes from stress...many uninitiated start running to stewards to inform them the birds are sick.

some birds stress less than others, some show it in different ways.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 2:35 pm 
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sorry to hi-jack the thread but is related
i have often seen my silkies slowly moving their head from side to side, and down to up, and i assumed they were looking through/under their poms and getting an image of their surroundings? am i correct in this assumption?

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:00 pm 
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yes poor silkies that do have some light showing through their pom have to move thier head around at different angles to see through the gaps. they often seem to be trying to put their heads down under it as if the pom is not attched but something they are trying to look under.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:13 pm 
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lol :lol: My silkies and Polish do the head bobbing thing unless I give them a little trim. Not too much, just enough so they can see better. My polish girl is easy to sneak up on when she hasnt had a trim :)

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 6:14 pm 
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It can also be a sign of ear mite.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:54 pm 
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I've noticed that chickens often do it when they hear other chickens :| not entirely sure the reasoning behind it, but when I talked to my hens (which were in no way stressed, btw ruff :D ), they'd shake their head. They also didn't have earmites. :)

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 5:28 pm 
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Now i was also told that sometimes when you take them to a show or they are out running they shake their head as they ate something bad tasting.

How do you check, and get rid of ear mite?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 6:49 pm 
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Justin, if you use any of the mectin products for mites, lice or worming, that will also cure any ear lice.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 6:51 pm 
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Thanks for that NellyG, i had never thought of ear mites.. Thanks to this site i know no. Are they easy to see? or how do you tell?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 6:57 pm 
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:lol: :lol: They keep shaking thier heads! :rofl: :rofl:

But truley - that is how you tell, or you can get a vet to have a look down their ears with an ear thingy (that I've forgotton the name of - otiscope or something?).

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 7:06 pm 
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:rofl: Well dont i look stupid now :rofl: :bolt: haha :hmmm:

well when i think about it, one of my roosters has been shaking his head alot. but after and before he shakes his head he seems to be chocking on food. so i duno

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 12:18 pm 
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thankx everyone, very informative...i thought it was abit odd to see and I wanted to find out

much appreciated.

@starting out@
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