HELP! BABY CHICKEN WITH PUNCTURED LUNG!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by WorldOfChickens, Oct 25, 2014.

  1. WorldOfChickens

    WorldOfChickens New Egg

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    Ok so my silkie hen, hatched 3 little chicks one died at 2 weeks old from well a chicken attack. My strongest one Luke was out in the yard when my largest hen stepped on him while playing with her sister. His mom started squawking and I ran out there. He was on his side dying it looked like. So I grabbed him and ran up to my room and got a heating pad and sweat shirt. He is warm now and well I gave him water with a q-tip and wet chick feed with tweezers. I did a check up and I looked down his throat with a flashlight. I opened my windows so he could get fresh air. I look at his sides. One of the sides was inflated it looked like. The skin was stretched out and was moving in and out as he breathed. He can't walk he doesn't have enough air too. I gave him so air and he is not doing much better but he is acting better. On the other side his side was normal and when I pick him up he makes this weird sound as he breathes.I will post so pics and I do have a vet who is specialized in avian. I used him once when a hawk attacked my hen and made a hole in her neck she is 100% healed. but please tell me what to do heres some pics.
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    Well It puffs up like a balloon and I think i see his lung.
    He poops runny white poop ;-;
     
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  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    He looks good in the eyes, not like a dying chick looks, but yeah, good thing you can access a vet. He may have a punctured air sac, I don't think it'd be his lung or he'd probably be in much more dire straits... But only a vet can truly answer that.

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  3. WorldOfChickens

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    First pic is inflated skin and second is his other side and the white stuff is what he is pooping
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Yes it looks like subcutaneous emphysema, also called a leaking air sac or wind puff from chest trauma. In young chicks it can get very large making it hard to breathe, and they will sometimes have a click when they breathe. You can poke a 22 gauge needle just under the skin, and deflate the air sac by pressing the air out, then hold gentle pressure over the puncture site for several minutes to help it seal off. I would put a tiny bit of neosporin on it. When I did this to my 2 week old, she looked a little like she wasn't going to make it, then perked up a few minutes later. The air may collect again, and it may need to be done several times or days. There could be internal injuries also, but all you can do is try to dip his beak into water or preferably electrolytes, and wet his chick crumbles to encourage him to eat.
     
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    Make sure to keep it warm under a heat lamp, or at least on a heating pad, not too hot to burn. The white in the poop is urates or urine. I hope your chick lives.
     
  6. WorldOfChickens

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    Omg thank you so much but I prefer not to do anything to him and take him to the vet. But, I thought at first that could be the case Ive have 2 chicks with that. I just want to get advice thanks :3
     
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    A vet is always the best thing to do, but these things sometimes happen when they are closed. Good luck!
     
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