Emergency! Need advice quickly
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Hi, have you had very hot weather that could make your coop too hot? What do you use as bedding? What is on the floor? is the coop closed at night?
The reason that I ask these questions is that over heating can cause these problems, dust and heat, feather dust, mould spores, dust in webs, etc, etc. this would affect anything with the airway.
Another cause can be sheer fright or night terrors, but that would have to be in each one at the same time.
Maybe they saw a predator or something was trying to get in.
These are only thoughts OK, we don't have any vets here, either, that are interested in chooks.
If the 5 girls and rooster are OK now, then check all of the suggestions above and see if it happens again.
I know this is just guessing, but I hope it will help in some way. Other readers may suggest other things or even know straight away what the problem is. I wish you luck.
Something may have gotten into the coop during the night through a small hole. One may have fallen off the roost after being crowded by another, and the others became upset if the sick hen was making a lot of noise. I would look inside the hens throat to make sure that she doesn't have anything stuck in there. Is she still wheezing and struggling to breathe? Look around for any entrance openings that a small predator could have gotten through. Hopefully, it was just an accident or fall and everyone will be alright.
Hi Hasgrits68, if you think she has broken ribs, hold her carefully and feel for any crepitus (grating of bones) but be extremely careful as this will hurt her. You will tell if she is uncomfortable. If this is the case, and no vet will look at her, then I am afraid that you might have to think about culling her, to put her out of her misery. Also, if she isn't drinking by herself and only taking liquid via dropper, then she has probable neck trauma. Also, does she have any black areas on the comb, eyelids, ears or around the beak? To me, what you are describing is more likely to be neck trauma which is affecting the esophagus. Give it time and hopefully she will come good. On another note, you say that your coop is open on two sides, could a snake get in which could have caused panic and she fell the heaviest or bitten. Like I said, these are just theories which are based on being an ex Ambo.
If she's not drinking enough I suggest that you tube fluids to her, it's much easier and safer than doing it with a dropper.
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If you can get a tube and syringe I can teach you how to tube.
Edited by casportpony - 12/28/15 at 8:56am