5 day old chick, internal mass near vent

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by starkist72, Oct 5, 2014.

  1. starkist72

    starkist72 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi
    Up until yesterday this looked to be the most healthy and rambunctious chick out of my hatch. I noticed yesterday something was up, and thought maybe the start to a little pasty butt, so I took it out to clean it up. There was a very small amount of poop on the vent, but what I noticed was a large mass on the left below the vent.

    It's internal, mostly squishy and I can move it and push it in. When the chick is standing and chirping the whole thing pushes out like a balloon.

    I thought it might be a blockage so i massaged it hoping to break it up, added some apple cider vinegar to their water and checked again today. I'm not sure but think it was looking larger so I attempted a half-hearted enema (I don't want to make matters worse, but if it is poop I want to loosen it best I can)

    It's almost impossible to see in the pictures. It's inside, large and round, squishy, when the chick is chirping it pushes out further
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    Any ideas? I've searched and search the forums but can't quite figure it out
     
  2. starkist72

    starkist72 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been searching more and I stumbled on ruptured air sacs. I'm wishing I hadn't fiddled with it hoping to break up poop [​IMG] I hope I didn't do any damage

    There is a definite crackling sound when I push on it.

    Do you think that's what's going on?

    I read a bunch of articles on how to relieve it with a needle, but I'm not comfortable with that (I might be if it gets worse, but for now I'm worried about doing more harm than good!)

    How long do I have before I need to do something? What's the chance this will clear up or remain a non-issue. What complications am I looking for ?

    Thanks for your help, BYC is the best!
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    There are 9 air sacs in a chickens body, from head to toe. I suppose it could be a ruptured air sac, but it also could be an abdominal hernia from your description. I recently had a chick with a leaking air sac, and when it breathed, there was a click with each breath. The chick worsened the next day, so I deflated the air sac with a small needle, and pushed as much of the air out as I could. This seemed to help.

    I would suggest if your chick is not in major distress, to just leave it alone. A small air sac leak will probably seal up on it's own and the air will reabsorb into the body. I would try to stick my finger to reduce this sac, and hold it for several minutes, since it could be a hernia, just to see if it stays in. Most hernias need surgery to repair them, but I once had a young kitten who had an abdominal hernia. I reduced the hernia for 3 days in a row with my finger, and the 3rd time it stayed in, never coming out again. The cat lived to be 18 years old.

    So I hope this helps, but I would try to figure out if it is a leaking air sac or a hernia.
     

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