Chicken having trouble breathing! ***EMERGENCY***

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by AnimalsComeFirst, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. AnimalsComeFirst

    AnimalsComeFirst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicken hazel is gasping for breath, she is stretching her neck and can't swallow anything!
    Any home remedies, treatments? Anything? She is old and blind, no idea how old she is, she is rescue chicken.
    She is inside, wrapped on my mom's lap in a blanket. We have looked in her throat, no worms under her tongue. There is a BIG ball that we can feel in her throat! She is suffacating.


    She has been doing this for 2 hours.
    ***She is having a really hard time breathing and is making weird noises. Worried if she is in the process of dying.***

    *****UPDATE: I just gave her some vegtable oil and tipped her upside down while massaging her crop. Food came up!
    We did it for about 15 minutes, i have read to wait till tomorrow to do it again.
    Food that came up: Mash I made her... yogurt, water, chicken food, bread and crackers... maybe make it more watery so it won't clog again?
     
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  2. AnimalsComeFirst

    AnimalsComeFirst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's getting worse, please reply!
     
  3. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    Poor old Hazel. It sounds like something neurological maybe. You probably should separate her from the others so you can keep an eye on her and keep her warm. I have read about wry neck on this site which might explain the neck spasms, but I don't have experience treating it. You might want to do a search on this site to learn more about wry neck and see if it fits her symptoms.
     
  4. OC closet chicken fan

    OC closet chicken fan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds like symptoms of having gapeworm infestation... try opening up her beak and take a peak...check under tongue area... if it is gapeworms investation she might be choking and stuff...
     
  5. AnimalsComeFirst

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    Scratch and peck: That could be it! Thanks!
    closest chicken: Do you know any natural treatments, like giving her some kind of food? I dont' know where to get chicken medication.
     
  6. OC closet chicken fan

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    i am new to chicken raising myself... you can find a lot of info on BYC... that's where most of my chicken related eggucation from... about natural treatments i am not sure. i have read people feeding pumpkin seeds.. apple cider vinegar... and some people rave about feeding DE ...how effective i am not sure... but these are more for prevenative measures but for effective treatment i think ppl usually get wormer medication like wazine and stuff... maybe talking to dawg53 would help ya with regards to deworming... hope your hazzle gets better and i don't want to sound all negative but if it is gapeworms and she's already like that... from what i read, she might be far too gone...the gapeworms are clogging up her air way at this point...only a matter of time... that's just my 2 cents... [​IMG] good luck
     
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  8. gallusdomesticus

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    Is her crop full? She could have an obstruction in her digestive system.
     
  9. StarLover21

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    how is she?
     
  10. AnimalsComeFirst

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    We looked under her tongue, no red worms. Nothing. We are trying to feed her water with apple cider vinegar. She is in our house, warm and being loved. ** We felt under her throat and there is a BIG ball in her throat, she can't swallow the water and has very smelly breath.*** Please help! She sounds like she is suffacating
     

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