HELP please! Choking chick!!

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  1. Fraoch21

    Fraoch21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 4 week old chick as suddenly started choking on something and looks as though its about to give up in life any minute now!! It is gaping and closing its eyes. Every now and again it does a gagging motion and shakes itself back and forth and jumps around. Ive tried gently massaging its neck but it just starts making a pained sound and it doesn't seem to help!!
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Does it have something stuck in it's airway, such as a piece of food or grain? Check the crop for an impacted crop (full and hard.) Respiratory diseases can cause mucus plugs in the airway, and there can be gasping and head-shaking to dislodge these. Here is a link to read about diseases such as infectious bronchitis, MG, coryza, and LT which can cause respiratory symptoms: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
     
  3. Fraoch21

    Fraoch21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its literally getting worse every minute, every now and again it stops breathing completely and then has a sort of fit in an attempt to clear its throat, I think. Ive looked down its throat, nothing obvious there and felt its crop, its almost empty. Just tried some olive oil dropped into its throat and massaged it again but no luck. I feel so helpless right now! And thank you, ill look at the link.
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    The olive oil in the the throat could cause aspiration and lipid pneumonia, and if the crop is empty, there is no point. I'm so sorry that it sounds like your chick may be dying. It may have gotten ahold of something that got stuck in the airway since there can always be little things we don't notice dropping. Look for any eye or nasal drainage, swelling around an eye, chest rattles, and sneezing/coughing. Gasping can be a sign of bronchitis. Look for any wet or moldy conditions in your coop or brooder which can also cause aspergillosis or brooder pneumonia.
     
  5. Fraoch21

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    Ive just put it in a darkened box for now so it can either sort itself out or give up, I don't know what else to try :/ Ahh ok, I thought it might help slide whatever it is downward. I was watching them only 2 minutes before it started choking and I watch them closely at least once every day and this chick was healthy and happy, along with all the others. there wasn't anything like that, that was obvious to me. And I clean the brooder out every second day so its never damp or very dirty
     
  6. Fraoch21

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    Would it be worth trying to get the chick to drink anything or should I just leave it in peace?
     
  7. Eggcessive

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    You could try dipping it's beak into some water or water with a little sugar or electrolytes added for energy. If there is something stuck in the throat or crop it may help to wash it down. Sorry that I didn't see you post till now--I've been off the computer.
     
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    Fraoch21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The poor thing died only about 10 minutes after my last post so i doubt there was anything i could have done :/
     
  9. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Oh, I'm so sorry about your chick. I hope that it isn't something contagious to the others.
     
  10. Fraoch21

    Fraoch21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really hope so too, but the others aren't showing any of the signs you mentioned so fingers crossed!
     

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