Bantam hen choked to death? Why?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Sunny Side Up, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    I volunteer at the Poultry Tent at our county fair. Yesterday was the day to bring our birds in. One man had a lot of pretty little bantams, little Dutches. Suddenly one of the other volunteers yells to me "Do you know how to clear an impacted crop?" I went to see and the little hen was already limp & lifeless. Her crop didn't feel too stuffed, but her beak & throat were filled with crumbles. The owner said it happened because he feeds his birds moistened crumbles & they weren't used to them dry. ???!?!?!??

    His other birds were doing fine. This man has shown birds before at our Fair, I asked him "Why don't you get your birds used to dry crumbles if you know you're going to show them here?" My own bantams, & everyone else's birds, do well on dry crumbles, at home I feed dry pellets.

    What caused this hen to die? The dry food? Impacted crop? Was she too hungry & bolted the feed? What could have been done to remedy this if noticed in time?
  2. Feathered Wings

    Feathered Wings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Sounds too me like it was that she was too hungry and ate the dry feed to fast.

    When i have been gone all day and late for feeding my chickens are seriously hungry and sometimes i have one just stuff themselves and choke.
    The thing i do in those situations is to take the chicken turned it upside down and remove the feed from the mouth then squeeze out the feed in the throat.
  3. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    I agree with Feathered Wings on everything she just said!!
  4. skyedobb

    skyedobb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    Quad Cities, IA
    Totally agree. Or if he (or anyone else) knows their birds are used to wet, should bring some oil or water with him/them to add to the food. If bird is choking, just like human, and food is visible in mouth, remove it!!
  5. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    This hen was so tiny, a dear little blue-grey (lavender?) Dutch bantam, I don't know how you would clear out a mouth & throat that small in a hurry that wouldn't make things worse. Especially since it wasn't my own hen & the situation took me by surprise.
  6. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
    I have had chicks gobble the crumbles down if they run out of food when I'm at work. I make sure they have plenty of water available first then give the feed. Some of my bantam chicks would get a stuffed throat and plenty of room in the crop, so I would dip their beaks in water and massage the food down and re-dipping their beak until the food goes down or they start to get it down themselves.
    To remove food you could try to use something small like a straw and genitally try to move the food. Maybe?

    That is my personal experience, don't know if that helps any.
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2010
  7. KKatknap

    KKatknap Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2009
    Albany, OR
    Quote:How very sad. [​IMG]

    Not your fault - sounds like she was already gone when you got to her. At least you'll know what to try if it ever happens again.
  8. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    This almost happened to my rooster. I saw him flailing on the ground and breathing hard so I went and he had crumbles in his throat and mouth. I used my pinky and get as much food out as possible and I massaged his throat for a few minutes. After a bit he started swallowing it and everything was fine. That's one reason why I prefer pellets...
  9. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2009
    North Texas
    My silkie did this just last night. I was about to leave and heard a deep cough. I opened the door and he had his head low and mouth open. I grabbed his sides and pushed really hard (and short, like the hiemlich maneuver) three times and he was fine. He too was eating dry crumbles

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