Air under skin of chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Honora, Oct 28, 2015.

  1. Honora

    Honora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2014
    SF Bay Area
    My mama hens and their chicks were attacked by a possum last night. One chick was killed and one of the hens has a small bite. Another chick was injured. He has no sign of a bite or a wound, but has a large lump on his right side near the shoulder. I think it's air under the skin.

    Am I supposed to puncture this with a needle or will it get better on it's own? The chick is a week old.
    (Don't worry, they will be locked up better tonight in case the possum comes back.)
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Very likely an air sac has been injured/punctured. If the swelling is inconveniencing the chick, you can gently insert a hypodermic needle to reduce the swelling. If not just see if things resolve on their own.
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