Four week old chick swallow on one size need help

NewchickmomD21

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not sure on the breed but my chicks about four weeks old and today i woke up to check on them like i do and I saw that one of them was rather larger than the others. This happened between last night about 8:30 and today around 10 ish. All the other birds are fine I checked them all. Absolutely nothing is wrong with the other chickens. this one other than it's swollen on one side it wants to lay down and it has a runny nose. Its almost like there's a bunch of air in it. I want to say this is a ruptured air sac because it is just air and the reason for it might be that they they like to fly or run around there's 8 of them so they tend to Peck at each other. It is still eating and drinking so it's not too bad to the point where I feel like I need to bring it to the vet but it is constantly just screaming. Its poops look the same like any other day solid a little runny or the normal but other than that it's fine. I have not treated but since I think I'm I'm almost 96% sure I know where it is so I'm going to try to treat it myself and then if it all goes well he'll be fine if not I'm going to bring them to the vet. They have wood shavings for their bed. Any help would be very appreciated.
 

NewchickmomD21

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I'm sorry your having trouble with this one chick. Can you post a few pictures of the air sack area?

Yup i forgot ahaha sorry
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I'm sorry your having trouble with this one chick. Can you post a few pictures of the air sack area?
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I think you may be right about the possibility of a leaking air sac, also called subcutaneous emphysema. You can take a small needle 18 gauge, and I have even used 22 gauge if that is all I have, and puncture just through the skin, and push the air out. Clean with antiseptic before. When I did this to my 2 week old whose whole side was puffed, I had to make several tries. The air sometimes comes back. You can hold your finger over the whole for a few minutes after removing the needle, to help seal it.

This should only be done if the air sac is large or the chick is having trouble breathing.

Does you chick have a click when it breathes in and out? Mine did, and that can signal a difficult time breathing. I hope your chick does well.
 

NewchickmomD21

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Well I asked a friend and all I can do is keep draining the air from my little baby so every morning and night thats what I'll do. It's still a live and well. So if I was doing something wrong I feel like it wouldn't have gone so well.
 

NewchickmomD21

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Mar 28, 2018
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I think you may be right about the possibility of a leaking air sac, also called subcutaneous emphysema. You can take a small needle 18 gauge, and I have even used 22 gauge if that is all I have, and puncture just through the skin, and push the air out. Clean with antiseptic before. When I did this to my 2 week old whose whole side was puffed, I had to make several tries. The air sometimes comes back. You can hold your finger over the whole for a few minutes after removing the needle, to help seal it.

This should only be done if the air sac is large or the chick is having trouble breathing.

Does you chick have a click when it breathes in and out? Mine did, and that can signal a difficult time breathing. I hope your chick does well.
It was having trouble breathing so i asked a old friend and did just that. Sadly each morning I have to keep lettinf the air out. I didnt think chickens swelled like that the poor thing has to lay down.
 

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