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HELP! Rooster suddenly can't crow, something suck in throat?

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Our roo has been fine all day, but suddenly tonight, tried to crow several times, but nothing comes out.  He sounded a little wheezy when I was feeling his throat, but that may have been because I was messing with it.  He's still clucking and eating, but no crowing.  I felt his throat, and can feel a little lump - am wondering if something is stuck?

 

We added a sandbox to the coop today with play sand and some small gravel size rocks.  Could he have inhaled a rock?  I don't think it could be gapeworm - It would be quite a coincidence for that to suddenly happen the same day we added the sandbox.

 

I gave him a little bread soaked in olive oil just in case it is something in his esophagus.  He ate it up. 

 

Leave it to us to end up with a roo dumb enough to choke on a rock.  

 

Any thoughts/ideas??  Thanks

post #2 of 6

He may have ingested an item slightly too large for his tubes.   The scarring may be causing him some discomfort.  I think ALL WILL SHAKE OUT OK in a day or so. By shake out,, I mean pass.. If he is able to breathe and eat IT IS A GOOD SIGN.

WISHING YOU BEST:thumbsup
 

post #3 of 6
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Thank you for your thoughts on this.  I figure if it's in his esophagus, he'll work it out eventually.  Have you ever heard of a chicken actually inhaling and choking on something?  If something is in his trachea, I don't know if he can cough it up… but I've never heard of a chicken getting a rock in the trachea… silly old roo.  I'm hoping he'll be back to normal in the morning. 

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I have seen my chickens wolfing down  kitchen scraps viciously  just to get the most of it available.  Like a feeding frenzy.  Some of them took on pieces slightly larger than Ideal.  It all worked its way down eventually.   Never had a food choking incident in all my chicken keeping years.

post #5 of 6
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Thank you. I'll post how he's doing tomorrow. It's very strange. I actually have video of him crowing away today at 4:30, but by 5:30, he couldn't get one out.
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He's back to his ornery self today.  Crowing away, and he nipped me on the way into the tractor.  LOL  The ingrate.  

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