Getting fluids in

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickepoo, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. chickepoo

    chickepoo Out Of The Brooder

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    Can anyone tell I am unable to sleep with worry?

    My 6 wk old hen was attacked by a cat tonight, and I know how important getting fluids in is to fight shock. How does a person get fluids into an ill bird without causing it to go down her nostrils or get pneumonia?
     
  2. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have some some electrolytes or poultry vitamins you can add some to a hard boiled egg. It worked for me under similiar circumstances. Mine wouldn't drink but she sure ate the heck out of the egg. She didn't know that she was being pulled out of shock because of the electrolytes and vitamins that I had put in the egg. Let us know what happens.
     
  3. dlhunicorn

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    just keep dribbling alongside the beak as it is important that they swallow themselves (to keep any excess liquid from going downthe hole to the airways)... do not give any dry feed but make sure all is wet (preferably with the electrolyte solution) If the bird is unable to drink on her own then do this on a regular hourly basis ensuring she keeps drinking till she absolutely refuses more.
     
  4. chickepoo

    chickepoo Out Of The Brooder

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    Things arent looking well, but she sure is a fighter. I have been taking a syringe (no needle) and dribbling v&e into the end of her beak with her nose facing slightly downward. She is able to tongue it down. I am worried about how hot her face feels and the spit looking fluid that seems to be forming in her mouth. She can't lift her head anymore and she's only opened her eyes once in the last 5 hrs to look at me [​IMG]

    I don't think I know what I am doing. The concept is simple, but the task isn't.
     
  5. dlhunicorn

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    ...it sure does sound as though she is very ill...when whe is totally unable to drink herself then subcutaneous fluids are called for (vet)...
    give her five drops of polyvisol into the beak then four tommorow then three for a week ...this on the off chance that the A and B vitamins might help her in case of deficiency (might help cant hurt)
     

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