Chicken is Dead. What could it be?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by parksfamily08, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. parksfamily08

    parksfamily08 Out Of The Brooder

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    I brought a bird into the house that was hacking and coughing. Sounded just like the crappy cold stuff going around. She was sneezing and struggling to breathe. She was fine this afternoon. I gave her antibiotics from a syringe. Slowly, letting her drink it down. After that, I realized she had blood at the corners of her mouth. 5 min. later she was dead. She must have choked on the water, even though I let her drink it slowly. Is it likely she ate something she wasn't supposed to? I found some broken glass in the pen. (I've moved to a new house and my chickens are digging up all kinds of things I have to keep throwing away) And should I keep my other birds on antibiotics just in case? Thank you Not a happy bird mama. I only did what I thought was best trying to save her life.
     
  2. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say its possible her heart exploded. You would have not caused this. The hacking and coughing can be heart related. I suspect that is what has happened. How old is she? Send her of for a Necropsy.
     
  3. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did she have any mucous from her nose and was there any bubbles in her eyes, or crusty?
     
  4. parksfamily08

    parksfamily08 Out Of The Brooder

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    She just turned 20 weeks. Buff orpington cross. Nothing is wrong with the other birds. The weather has been snowy and cold, but I've kept a heat lamp on them. I never thought of her heart exploding, but that could be why there was blood.
     
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    parksfamily08 Out Of The Brooder

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    No mucous, or bubbly eye. That's why I thought it was the beginning of the cold. I've treated bubbly eye colds before.
     
  6. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some places do a necropsy for free. It would be worth doing. If your not able, opening her up is a good plan.
     
  7. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feel it was her heart, and so young. Sorry you lost her this way, it was fast.
     
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  8. parksfamily08

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    I am glad she died quickly so I didn't have to make a hard choice and she didn't have to suffer. When they are young, you really want to fight for them, but sometimes it's better that the pass.
     
  9. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree.
     
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