Chicken falling on its back, having a seizure?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Daniel03, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. Daniel03

    Daniel03 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,
    I've just had something occur with one of my Polish Chickens. She is 6months old.
    Was watching the pen outside coincidently at the time. The hen walked underneath a lower part of the coop (she needs to lower her head slightly to fit), and then was flapping her wings and jumping slightly hitting her head on the wooden board above. She did this 5-6 times before falling on her back and flapping her wings fast at first but getting slower until coming to a complete stop.
    I immediately ran over and got her out, her head wasn't holding upright and she was stiffening a bit. Kept opening her mouth wide. Didn't make much noise after the initial fall.

    I ran her inside and was at first making sure her airways weren't blocked, then placed her in a sink full of warm water, and then begin massaging her crop and throat. A small amount of stuff came out but not much enough to cause any issues. At this point she couldn't stand on her own and wanted to put her head down.

    After a little bit she was acting better. Got her some general bird antiobiotics that I had available and mixed that in with her water. She is now eating a lot and drinking. Standing on her own as well. But she is sneezing and making little noises when she does (every now and again).

    What could have caused what happened? Also what happened? I've never had any experiences with bird illnesses this severe. I'm thinking a seizure of some form. But not quite sure.

    Sorry for the long thread. Any help would be amazing! 2 hours have passed with her being okay.
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Curious question, why did you put her in a sink of water??

    How does her weight feel? Her breast bone---is it boney or meaty?
     
  3. Daniel03

    Daniel03 Out Of The Brooder

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    @PD-Riverman

    I placed her in a sink of warm water as I have read warming them up can help them become more alert. Worked in my case anyway. i dont submerge them, just everything below the wings.

    Her weight feels okay. Reasonably meaty. maybe a little less than it should be.

    I've just asked a few sources i have and they seem to think she has been startled and had a heart attack.
     
  4. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    OK, You can always stick your hands (for a short)way under the wings and feel if her body heat feels normal. Heart attack at 6 months old? I guess its possible? Good Luck with her!
     
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