Help... my dominque hen.......

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickiemama1, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. chickiemama1

    chickiemama1 New Egg

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    She is about 1 year old.
    She acts like she is choking or can't catch her breath. She stretches her neck out an kinda shakes her head an gasp.
    When i felt her neck, I felt a small lump about halfway her neck. Is that normal?
    She seems skinny compared to the rest of the hens and stays to herself. She tries to scratch an eat, but with her constantly gasping for air, this could be why she is skinny. She doesn't appear to have any mites or missing feathers.
    Could it be worms or something lodged in her thoat.
    I feel so helpless as I am new to raising chickens.
    What to do??? I DON"T KNOW:(
     
  2. HS Pye

    HS Pye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No that isn't normal at all.Could she have some food stuck in her throat, that's caused by eating to fast. Or has she had bad swelling on her neck, caused by an injury? Hope she gets better.Don't feel bad, everyone learns new things everyday. ; )
     
  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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  4. chickiemama1

    chickiemama1 New Egg

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    No swelling or injury that I know of. I tried to look down her throat but it was hard to do by myself. Will try to get someone to assist me with holding her.

    Thanks
     
  5. chickiemama1

    chickiemama1 New Egg

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    Thanks I did
     
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! Pour a little olive oil down her throat, but be careful you don't drown her. Then gently massage her throat downwards. If there is a food or something stuck in there this will hopefully dislodge it. Good luck!
     
  7. chickiemama1

    chickiemama1 New Egg

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    Thanks I am gonna try everything. I love my chickies
     
  8. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    hope the olive oil helps
    Welcome and enjoy!
    Steve.[​IMG]
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] she may have gapeworms. Have an assistant aim a strong flashlight down her throat while you take a cotton swab to the back of her throat. If it comes out red tinged, it likely she has gape worms- that would cause her gasping. You may want to enter "Gapeworms" in the search box and see if that matches her symptoms. I think a special medication is used to eliminate them.
     
  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     

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