Chick with air bubble, not doing good

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by aps32, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. aps32

    aps32 New Egg

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    Hello, I've been on the site a few times and have learned alot, but just ran into my first hiccup with my chicks. I have a one week old Americana cockerel that has what seems to be an air pocket just under the skin on his chest. Also he seems to be having a very hard time breathing and staying upright for any amount of time. I've tried searching the forums but haven't had any luck. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I had one hatched with an air bubble right where the neck meets the shoulder, sort of on the top part of the chest. We actually sterilized a syringe needle and puctured the skin and let the air out. Worked fine and the chick is doing well a week later.
     
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I agree with Speckledhen. See if you can do that, or someone can help you with it.
     
  4. aps32

    aps32 New Egg

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    thanks for the quick response, I'll have to see if I can find a syringe
     
  5. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    here is a picture of injured air sacc in a chick and treatment suggestions..

    click here

    what bedding are you using?
    make sure it isn't an impacted crop...
     
  6. aps32

    aps32 New Egg

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    Thanks for your help, we did relieve the air sack last night but this morning the chick was cold and stiff. Again thanks for your help I'll know for next time.
     
  7. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Sorry. Chicks passing away is never easy.
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I'm really sorry. Sometimes you just can't help them, sadly.
     
  9. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    so sorry..
    poor little chickie...
     

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