Foaming at the mouth....

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Shamo Hybrid, Jan 14, 2019.

  1. Shamo Hybrid

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    One of my Super Shamo Hybrid chicks started to have this sticky foam in his mouth/throat..... I just noticed it this afternoon while feeding them and he didn't eat because he was trying to cough up the mucus or whatever it is. I grabbed him and swiped the foam out of his mouth because he seemed to be struggling a bit, it was clear in color and a bit foamy...... should I be worried?
     
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  2. azygous

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    Uh, yes. You should be concerned. I would bring the chick indoors, put him in a crate with food and water, and observe.

    These symptoms could be from a respiratory illness, perhaps the kind that causes thick mucous to form inside the mouth, which can close off the airway and kill the chick.

    It would help if you would have someone open the chick's mouth so you can take a photo and post it here. We may be able to help you figure out what's causing it.

    Another possibility is the chick ate something toxic. It's crucial you monitor the chick in case the chick starts to go downhill fast. Do you know what the chick was doing today, what it may have gotten into?
     
  3. Wyorp Rock

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    I agree with @azygous bring him in for observation.
    Photos would be helpful.

    Do you notice any other symptoms - watery eyes, mucous from the nostrils, foul odor on the breath?
    How old is your chick?
    Does he have access to fresh food/water all day long?
     
  4. Shamo Hybrid

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    They are about 3.5 months old. His siblings aren't showing any of the symptoms, just him..... I hope he survives as he's the most colorful and vibrant one. Fingers cross tomorrow he's back to his old healthy self! And I think the eyes looked kind of watery too. As for food, I fill it up for the whole day and it will last for 2 days.... but it was empty today when I came, so I wonder if he got too hungry and ate something in there like pieces of plastics that are scattered throughout from previous owner (which I tried to get rid of to the best of my abilities but sometimes they just appear from underneath).
     
  5. Wyorp Rock

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    Did he have access to water even though they ran out of food?

    He may be dehydrated. Bring him in, don't wait until morning. See if he will take some small sips of water to help clear up the mucous. Don't worry about feed right this minute.
    If he was acting like he was struggling, he needs to be seen to now.
     
  6. Shamo Hybrid

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    Meh.... I'm sure the little booger is fine, he's a fighter!!
     
  7. Wyorp Rock

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    Well, good luck to you then.
     
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    Pics?
     
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