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4 week old chick with huge air pockets!

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Today or last night one of the chicks got picked on and now it's body looks like a balloon! Everything is filled with air besides it's head, legs and feet!!! It's wings are slightly elevated because of all the air and the poor dear looks sleepy. Please help me save her!
post #2 of 7

This sounds like subcutaneous emphysema or leaking air sacs caused by blunt trauma. If you can get a needle (22 gauge down to 18 gauge) from a feed store, you can puncture just under the skin, leave the needle in place, and push the air out, then hold the puncture site for a bit to try to seal it. Apply neosporin.or bacitracin ointment (or even vaseline, if that's all you have.) You may have to puncture more than one site,  and it may come back again. Let us know how it is, and here are some articles to read:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/171121/deflating-subcutaneous-emphysema

http://www.ijasvm.com/ijasvmadmin/upload/IJASVM_5113cbc51d31b.pdf

http://www.pjbs.org/ijps/fin1339.pdf

http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/6/diseases-of-poultry/223/subcutaneous-emphysema/

 

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Edited by Eggcessive - 4/9/16 at 12:44pm
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much for responding! I have diabetic needles, will those work?
post #4 of 7

Those may be too small since they are probably 25 to 27 gauge. 22 gauge is small, but it has worked for me. You can try, but maybe a sterilized sewing needle could be used carefully. When the leaking air sac is so extensive as yours sounds, the chick may have trouble breathing, but i hope that you can save it.

post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks again!
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
Giving an update! Since the chick didn't have trouble breathing I decided to leave as is (I didn't feel comfortable poking her) and after 11 days the air is now completely gone and she's back to normal!
post #7 of 7
It's very good to hear that your chick has recovered.
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