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Sick bird with swollen neck - help please!

post #1 of 5
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My 4 month old turkey poult Jon Snow has suddenly developed a swollen neck and is very lethargic. He has been fine until now. What might be the problem and is there anything I can do to help him? The neck swelling feels like air.

post #2 of 5

Sorry about your poult. It might be a leaking air sac (subcutaneous emphysema) from and injury to the neck or infection. If you take an 18 gauge needle, you can puncture the skin and squeeze the air out. Then hold pressure on the needle site for several minutes. Here is some reading about that:

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

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

 

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post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
It feels like surgical emphysema... I tried applying some pressure to see if it was somehow linked to another air sac but it seems a fairly constant volume. Maybe I'll give aspiration a go, thank you. It's just weird. I can't see any obvious injury but I suppose I wouldn't necessarily.
post #4 of 5
All it takes is a bump. My 2 week old chick had a leaking air sac on her whole right side. She survived after the needle was inserted, and the air pushed out. It can come back, and this may need to be repeated.
post #5 of 5
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Update - the neck swelling is going down slowly. I aspirated a little but it kept coming back. He is soooo much better and back to his usual strutting self, thank goodness! Thanks for the advice xx
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