Chick inhaled some DE - what do I do? *Still Wheezing!!*

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Aeropennchick, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Aeropennchick

    Aeropennchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi guys

    I just got some DE and had spread a probably too thick layer on a tub of sand, to make a dust bath for my chicks. They are almost five weeks old and out in the coop. Before I could mix it in, one of my buff orps ran up and gobbled a mouthful, and must have inhaled some.

    She wheezed audibly for a few breaths, and now, an hour later, is still running around with her mouth open most of the time. She's not acting differently other than the open mouth. I tried to get some water up her nostrils but I don't think it really worked. Is there anything else I can do? I guess it's probably bothering me more than it's bothering her...[​IMG]
     
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  2. dawg53

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    I dont think there's much else you can do. I was going to suggest giving her a few drops of water in her nostrils but you already did that. Perhaps a few more drops of water orally might help. Otherwise just observe her, she should be ok.
     
  3. Aeropennchick

    Aeropennchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I have seen her drink already, and eat a bunch of yogurt. If she's still running around all goofy in a few hours I guess I'll try to blast some more water up her nose...I think I might try to use a straw.
     
  4. Aeropennchick

    Aeropennchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok it's the next morning and I spent a bunch of time hanging out with the chickens. The one that I noticed to be wheezing right after getting a beak full of DE is STILL wheezing!

    All of the poops looked normal under the roost, there is no watery discharge or discoloration on her eyes, nose, or mouth, and she is running around acting normal, eating and drinking.
    I listened to a few of the other chicks and didn't hear any noises when they breathed.

    I was sure it would be gone by now! Should I get some terramycin in case I missed something here?
     
  5. dawg53

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    No. I wouldnt give antibiotics at all. The one that is still wheezing... you know the cause and it's not disease related. As long as she's eating and drinking normally, I wouldnt worry about her. She obviously got some DE in her windpipe and there's nothing you can do about it.
     
  6. Aeropennchick

    Aeropennchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just want her to be better already! [​IMG]
     

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