Blueing comb, lethargic, puffy chest and threw up black stinky liquid!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Tmatthews, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. Tmatthews

    Tmatthews Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a chicken who has been lethargic lately. He comb has been slowly turning blue towards the back of it. I checked on her tonight and she wasn't on the roost. She was on the floor of the coop. I picked her up and her chest felt puffy and squishy. And then she suddenly threw up a very smelly black colored liquid. Is this advanced heart failure? Thanks for any suggestions!!!!
     
  2. SaraFL

    SaraFL Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have not dealt with this situation before, but wanted to send my hopes that the chicken gets better. I do wonder about internal bleeding though. I guess if she was losing blood that would make the comb less red, right? And black vomit could be blood?
     
  3. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Quote:Yes some sort of Oxygen depravation or internal bleeding, has she been injured ??, got into anything she shouldn't have ?? If she is a hatchery bird then she may have any number of hidden ailments due to the breeding technics.
     
  4. Tmatthews

    Tmatthews Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the sentiments! I guess all you're saying could be true. I'm truly stumped. We only have 4 hens and we've been battling respiratory problems with a few of them for weeks now! We had to put one down, and one of our hens is being treated a second time now for pneumonia! This chicken that has the blue comb doesn't seem to have any sort of respiratory problem. I think this is just something unrelated. I have no idea how old she is. I'm just getting frustrated with the whole thing! If it weren't for the fact my husband loves having chickens for their eggs, I would take a break for a while. I absolutely love chickens, but I'm wore out from worrying about them!!! UGH!
     
  5. Tmatthews

    Tmatthews Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't think she was injured. She looks good everywhere. I think whatever it is, it's too late. I think I may have my husband put her down tomorrow. I told him I do not want her to suffer any longer!!
     
  6. WooingWyandotte

    WooingWyandotte Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah, too bad. How long has she been exhibiting symptoms? She could have some sort of crop problem?
     
  7. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That sounds like a gi bleed and advanced too, did she get hold of rat poison?
     
  8. JakRat

    JakRat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Achickenwrangler#1 :

    That sounds like a gi bleed and advanced too, did she get hold of rat poison?

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  9. SaraFL

    SaraFL Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it is rat poison, I believe the antidote is Vitamin K, but I'm not sure how much or where you would get that other than a vet. Oh, and that antidote is for people and dogs, I'm assuming it's the same for chickens.
     
  10. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes, vit k and plasma...get from a vet if chicken still alive, rat poison is same as warfarin or coumadin
     

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