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Cawing chicken w/ hiccups?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ckfard, Mar 29, 2010.

  1. ckfard

    ckfard Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a one year old Buff Orpington that is making what sounds like moans and then loud hickups. She sounds terrible. I noticed her making the sound this afternoon, but thought she was just talking funny. When I went to close the coop I noticed she was still making the sounds. She has access to hay and straw. Could she have some stuck in her throat or crop that is causing her difficulty? She is breathing okay as far as I can tell and isn't gasping, but every breath she makes a cawing sound and every 15-45 seconds she makes a hiccup sound. Any ideas? She is fed scratch in the a.m. and feed. I have leaves in one section and they have been broken up pretty well. Her crop is full. She doesn't seem to be in pain otherwise, but the cawing sounds are really awful. Any ideas?
     
  2. Cluckin'Along

    Cluckin'Along Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is she staggering too? [​IMG] Did you leave a bottle of something alcoholic lying around at chicken level? [​IMG]

    Seriously, I'm not sure what is wrong with her, but I bet someone around here will!! [​IMG]
     
  3. ckfard

    ckfard Out Of The Brooder

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    There is nothing in the chicken yard or coop that would cause a problem. No alcohol for minors. I'm really starting to think she ate too much hay or straw or a leaf and it is wedged in her throat. She is calming down since being inside for 20 minutes or so. Her level of distress has lessened as the cawing is sounding better. I'm in my office just 30 feet or so away from her crate. She is still making the sound, but not nearly as loud as when I brought her in from the coop. I may try rubbing her crop a bit and see if it helps. Any other ideas?
     
  4. ckfard

    ckfard Out Of The Brooder

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    My hen seems to be doing a little better. I gave her a bit of olive oil and rubbed her crop. It is a hard knot. She is still cawing and has what looks like a spasm instead of the hiccups. The knot is located above the right breast and not exactly centered. It feels hard and full of straw. I hope the oil helps. Any other ideas?
     
  5. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Boca95

    Boca95 New Egg

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    Hi to all desperate chicken owners! I was having a problem with a loud cawing Sussex. I tried most things mentioned, treats, cuddled, entertainment, etc. I too was worried that neighbours would start to complain. The case seemed to be whilst my other birds were in the nest box laying or when she decided it was time for tea! I had the idea of using an old rabbit box to put her in when she started crawing. I leave her in there until the offending bird has finished laying. This has worked and I thought I'd pass on the good news.
     
  7. C-M-D

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    This happened to my chicken too. She was running around as usual but making a loud wailing moaning sound with every breath, with occasional hiccuppy noises. After looking this up online I separated her from the flock and fed her olive oil from a dropper against the side of her beak, then massaged the front of her neck gently and her crop more firmly, all the way down to her belly. I could feel lumps on the right side of her breastbone that softened as I prodded them. She was still noisy afterwards, but the sounds were different and quieter. After doing this three times within about an hour she was silent, drinking lots of water, and looking fine. I let her rejoin the flock that night and next day she was her usual self. As far as I can tell it was a plumbing problem. Correct me if I'm wrong but it seems that when the crop gets clogged up food doesn't move through the bird, so it thinks it has to eat, which makes the clog worse, and eventually its crop gets so full that it has trouble breathing. I think the problem happened because an egg broke in the coop the previous day. I found just a smear of egg, and I suspect that this hen ate the whole thing, including large pieces of shell.
     
  8. cluckmomma

    cluckmomma New Egg

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    I am so glad I found this thread. My 6 month old Easter Egger was exhibiting the same symptoms. I used olive oil and gently rubbed her craw. She was very calm and seemed to understand I was trying to help her. I did this 2 times over a couple hours. She is back to normal!! Thank you for posting this.
     
  9. C-M-D

    C-M-D New Egg

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    Isn't it a great feeling when you can restore health to an animal in distress? I'm so glad it worked. My chickens who have received first aid all seemed to understand that I was trying to help them, and have become more friendly and sociable. The one with the crop problem is now a "lap chicken" who likes to perch on my knee and snooze when I sit out in the yard.
     
  10. lady birds

    lady birds Out Of The Brooder

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    I am a new coops mom and yesterday afternoon I was convinced my 6 hens all 8 months old and all had stopped laying a month ago. (unrelated) were going to die of respiratory infection though they all look and eat healthy. ONE CHICKEN WHEEZED AND SNEEZED FOR 3 HRS. I put her in separation and she lied down and was quiet and 15 hrs later still quiet.. She had hiccups not sneezes and eyes and beak were clear. only change in coop we had hours B4 put 2 bags of sand in there. short term hiccups CAN just happen? all is fine now 20 hrs after sand introduction. the coop and run are BIG.
     

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