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air sack in rooster chest

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by gallito1982, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. gallito1982

    gallito1982 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would like some adviced in something that i noticed this afternoon when i went to feed my chicks, i grab my BLRW roo which is around 6-7 weeks, when i touch him i felt like i hurt him when i touch him and i noticed that in his left side chest was very soft i check him and i noticed a big air bubble kind of thing in his chest i have never seen this before thats why im very worried for him is like the skin is separeted from the muscle with air or water not sure whats inside hes acting normal, eating, drinking and even playing with the other chicks but i dont know if this is gonna go away or should i do something about it, please help im very worried
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    This sounds like subcutaneous emphysema, which is usually caused by an injury, maybe by flying or jumping. This should go away on it's own, and if it is causing problems, you can remove the air with a syringe (20-35 cc) and needle (18-20 gauge.) Sometimes you can put the needle under the skin, and just squeeze the air out. Here is some info:
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/6/diseases-of-poultry/223/subcutaneous-emphysema
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/171121/deflating-subcutaneous-emphysema
     
  3. gallito1982

    gallito1982 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you so much for the fast reply, if this is caused for an injury i may know what happend, a buddy of mine put a freaking pair of pigeons inside the chicken coop and they being scaring the soul out of the chicks maybe he injured himself flying or something, i will keep a close eye on him and is good to know i can pinch that thing with a syringe like i said im not aure if is air ormwater inside but it feel more like air though, how long should i wait to see if this go away or do so,ething about it?
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I haven't experienced this before, so I imagine it can take a few days. If you have help keeping the bird still to poke him with a needle you can try to remove it anytime--but the air may come back again and need deflating again.
     
  5. dawg53

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    Put your ear to the roosters left side and listen for whistling when he breathes, it could be a possible ruptured air sac.
     
  6. gallito1982

    gallito1982 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the fast responses everyone, i didmt watch him today, as soon as i get off work i run to take the kids trick or treating and didnt have time, i will check him tomorrow and see how is he doing
     

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