Clicking Chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by horsinaround317, Jul 15, 2019.

  1. horsinaround317

    horsinaround317 Hatching

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    I have a 2 year old Silver Laced Whyndotte who has been through the ringer the last month. At the beginning of the month she was attacked by a hawk and her back and underwing pretty badly torn. We were able to clean it up and glue it back together and it healed very nicely. This morning I discovered a 4 inch vertical cut along her left breast. The wound was very clean and no dirt or blood was visible (she is a very feathery chicken). The wound has been cleaned and bandaged, however I noticed when I returned her to her sleeping spot that she is making an odd occasional clicking noise without moving her beak. I have seen this in smaller animals (chipmunks) and it is usually the "click of death" I am hoping that it is just a discomfort click (the wound cleaner stung) but would love some reassurance!
     
  2. Eggcessive

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    Welcome to BYC. I have heard of others with very ill chickens having clicking with each breath. I have only seen this once when I had a 2 week old chick with a ruptured air sac on it’s right side. After puncturing the air under the skin and removing it with a needle, the clicking sound disappeared. How did your hen receive the recent wound? Do you have any pictures? Hopefully others will chime in with their knowledge.
     
  3. horsinaround317

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    I didn't get a picture of the wound before bandaging but the crop was visible. However I did not see or feel any other organs (I poked around to check for fluid). As for the wound I have no clue she could have had it for a bit of time I only just happened to notice a feather hanging funny and found the cut. If it is a ruptured air sac what does that mean?
     
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    A ruptured or leaking air sac (also called subcutaneous emphysema) is when one of the air sacs throughout the body is leaking air under the skin. It is similar to a collapsed lung in humans. There will be a pocket of air under the skin, and this may occur after an injury or bump to the body. If you are not seeing any gasping or problems breathing, then I would just watch it.

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    Location of air sacs in chickens
     
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  5. FowlWitch

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    What do the airsacs do biologically? I don't know a whole lot about chicken anatomy :0
     
  6. dawg53

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    Air sacs circulate oxygen throughout the chickens body.
     
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    I agree with Eggcessive, sounds like a punctured air sac.
     
  8. FowlWitch

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    So kind of like lungs?
     
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