Help! Air Bubble in crop from bad frost bite?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by r709shackleford, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. r709shackleford

    r709shackleford Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 11, 2012
    Southcentral Alaska
    Got a new rescue chicken two days ago. Just got time to post my question. Not sure what he is. But maybe a year or so old black/blue andalusian?

    I got him because he got left out over night by accident. It was about zero to -10 below. Previous owner though he was dead but he woke up after being brought inside. I don't think he has eaten much in 2 and a half days. His crop, wattles and under his head (on the neck) were extremely swollen. He could not move his head much.

    I have him crumbled baby aspirin and water through a dropper. The swelling has gone down in the past two day a lot. He now tries to move his head down and peck at corn. Its a good sign! One weird thing was that when he was really badly swollen he drooled a lot? The drool looked very thick, much like mucus. And somewhat discolored. He made minor rasping noises. But now much now.

    I've been giving him lots of water through a dropper. He ate some corn and a bit of table food.

    Ive noticed as the swelling went down on his head, he developed an air bubble around his crop. I can see some of the bubble near the top of his shoulder and then down his front. I would describe it as large. Maybe half the size of a baseball? I applied some pressure last night (very gently) and it went down. I could hear the chicken letting the air out. But the bubble inflated again.

    What is the bubble? Has anyone heard of this before? Is the bubble from breathing difficulties or is it from an impacted crop?
    What can I do to help the air bubble? He is separated, With access to water and food. Warm enclosure. I have gave him olive oil to help anything pass in the crop. His comb/wattles are getting better. I applied neosporin/lotion. I took him because I thought I can nurse him back from frost bite, but the air bubble is an unexpected problem.

    Sorry for the long post.

  2. Animol

    Animol Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 8, 2012
    I'm sure I read about it before and I often see the air bubble in my chicks when they have eaten something they should'nt have, curious I found out it's actually normal for chickens to have a bubble in their crop, not all the time visible but not anything to be worried about either. Whatever way my chickens have been just fine both when they do and don't have a bubble so I shouldn't think it's any cause for concern, that is of course unless it has excess air or something but that's highly unlikely...anyway, I'll just stop rambling now! Good luck with the little boy :)

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