Choking rooster

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by karen, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. karen

    karen Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my two roosters was crowing today and when I came upon him he was making a short hoarse noise repeatedly and was flopping on his side. His comb and wattles turned deep purple as he continued to roll and make this "gaking" noise.
    He came over toward me as I moved to him. Gradually he slowed his noise and stopped. His beak was open for a moment and he gradually returned to his red color and steady strut. He has been fine the rest of today. He has struggled with the crowing thing and has always had a unique 'grumbling' tone to his clucking. Any Ideas?
     
  2. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
    check his troat for a grape worm i think thats what they are called they latch on the chickens tongue and choke to death
     
  3. karen

    karen Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you have any suggestions, Bubba?
     
  4. karen

    karen Out Of The Brooder

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    How can all of these people view my post and have nothing to say ?? I am feeling really new and it is like I am trying to break into some little clique.
     
  5. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    Sorry, it's not a clique thing (least I dont thing so). I just popped in cause i'd never heard of a rooster chocking problem and wanted to see what advice had been given. sorry but I'm at a loss, hope he's OK.
     
  6. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Quote:I'd rather give no advice than bad advice and I'm sure most on the board would say the same. Please don't think it's a "clique".
     
  7. eggcetra_farms

    eggcetra_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Same here. I was curious, but didn't have any suggestions. Sorry.
     
  8. MissBell

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    I also was looking just incade it ever happen to one of mine.Does he seem to eat and drink ok?
     
  9. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    I'm wondering if he swallowed saliva down the "wrong pipe" while he was crowing? Is he still acting fine?
    Check for gape worms (open his mouth up and look down his throat... they are long, red and skinny and will be pretty easy to spot... one sure sign would be if he "yawns" a lot) and if he doesn't have them, I'd almost bet it was a crowing mis-hap.
    Let us know how he does. If he has gape worms, someone here can give you the correct treatment.
     
  10. karen

    karen Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. It was a disturbing and frightening incident. Watching him get back in balance and his comb/wattles regain their bright red color was such a relief-I think i agree with CarriBrown- I feel like I witnessed "choking". I am glad I was there to witness it and who knows? Maybe my presence helped calm him or at least orient him. Thank you friends!
     

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