Chicken injury- heavy breath/wheeze

MamaHen11

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hello byc!

My chicken had a run in with a dog today- chick snuck through the fence.

No visible marks or damage, but is wheezing a bit and doesn't draw breath in a smooth fashion. Plus, seems like the breathing is labored.

Doesn't seem like evidence of an air sac leak has materialized yet... how long does it take for this to show up? It has been about 5 hours.
 

azygous

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How old is this chick? Or is it an adult chicken? A chick may not survive being crushed by a dog's mouth while an adult might.

Internal injuries would include injury to the lungs which are located close to the back. Look for puncture marks on your chicken to locate possible internal injuries.

Puncture wounds are also very dangerous because they become infected within hours of the injury. If you discover these puncture wounds, your chicken probably will not survive without a round of antibiotics.
 

MamaHen11

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How old is this chick? Or is it an adult chicken? A chick may not survive being crushed by a dog's mouth while an adult might.

Internal injuries would include injury to the lungs which are located close to the back. Look for puncture marks on your chicken to locate possible internal injuries.

Puncture wounds are also very dangerous because they become infected within hours of the injury. If you discover these puncture wounds, your chicken probably will not survive without a round of antibiotics.

5 week red ranger. About 1.75 lbs. no punctures/bleeding... no bruises, but hard to tell on the wings because of the feathers coming in dark
 

azygous

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While it's good news there are no puncture wounds, a five week old chick has a very fragile envelope around very fragile organs. Even a child's hands squeezing a bit too hard can do serious injury. A dog's jaws is sure to have caused some compression injuries, probably to the lungs.

If you haven't already, give the chick electrolytes to combat shock. Keep it warm and quiet. What breed of dog was it? Different breeds have different ways of picking up a small animal. Some dog mouths are more crushing than others.
 

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