***Hen panting, rattling breath. Former prolapse: HELP!!!***~PIC~

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by wings, Mar 27, 2009.

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    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hen, Ginger, just recovered from prolapse. (See this thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=149615&p=1)
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    have her isolated in the garage with food, water, roost, etc.
    Her vent is much better, so I thought I would put her back in with everyone else tonight. Before I did, I let her outside to scratch around a little bit. BUT, she JUST STOOD THERE WITH HER WINGS AWAY FROM HER BODY AND HER MOUTH OPEN, PANTING!!! I freaked out and changed her water and tried to get her to drink, but she wouldn't! She is eating and pooping normally, so WHAT CAN I DO FOR GINGER???

    Here she is, standing up with her wings out. (In this picture, she isn't panting, but that was abnormal.)
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    PLEASE HELP! GINGER IS OUR FAVORITE HEN!!! [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2009
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    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I forgot to add that she is also breathing heavily and we can feel her lungs rattle when we hold her. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Sorry. I don't know the answer but I hope she gets better. Hopefully this will bump it up so someone with better experience can help!! [​IMG]
     
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    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:HOPEFULLY!
     
  5. Looks like a wild game hen. They are very sweet.

    I would put her on tetracycline (auromycin).

    If you have to, force it. By this I mean hold her gently and take a dropper of antibiotic to the SIDE of her beak. Put a few drops in her mouth at a time and let her swallow. DO NOT squirt the liquid down her throat. You will kill her if you do this as she will aspirate.

    Do not assume she is going to drink on her own.

    When you are done, get some poly vi sol (without iron) if you can. It is somewhat expensive.

    Make sure she is eating and drinking.

    Keep her warm and TALK to her with a gentle and soothing voice.

    A kind word goes a long way even for a chicken.

    EDIT: just saw your post on the lung rattles. She has an infection and it is probably CRD. This is not fatal, but you MUST be deligent and give the medication EVERY night for 10 days, no exceptions.

    Game hens are a hardy bunch.

    I have tried a lot of antibiotics this point. Tetracycline is safe and pretty effective. If you do not get a positive reaction, you can change to something else.
     
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    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Where can I get this stuff?

    Thanks for the help! I'm freaking out right now! I need any advice I can get!
     
  7. Your local feed store should have this. Ask them and tell them it is for a chicken. They get this request all the time.
     
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    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ANYONE??!! [​IMG]
     
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    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:So this isn't SUPER urgent? Can she go a while without this and still live?
     
  10. OMG, did no one else answer you. I am sorry. I had to go last night.

    How is the hen ?

    Really, there is not much you can do except what you have done.

    Did you manage to get any medication ?

    Hope all is well.
     

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