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BROKEN AIR SAC?? Please help if you have any info.!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Beaky Buzzard, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. We have a friend rehabilitating a killdeer. He was out in his runner pen and a hawk tried to get him through the wire. They ran outside and scared the hawk away. After bringing Peewee in they noticed he was full of air. They researched and discovered he probably has a broken air sac. They punctured the skin with a syringe needle to let the air out. Did they do the right thing? Does anyone have any advice?
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2016

  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Puncturing the skin to press air out of a leaking air sac is recommended when the bird is in respiratory distress. In chickens an 18 gauge needle works well, and I have used a smaller 22 gauge in a chick. How is he doing? Leaking air sacs are common in injuries to the neck, chest, or back.
  3. He is doing pretty well. Eating normally.

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