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Hen swallowed very small screw

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LisaChick1, Jan 10, 2015.

  1. LisaChick1

    LisaChick1 Chirping

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    I was sitting with my girls and saw my light brahma hen peck at something and noticed it was a tiny screw (like the size of a tack) before I could grab it she pecked it again and swallowed it.
    I'm so sad and frustrated. I woke up to a dead hen in the coup yesterday morning, such a sweet amazing buff orpington... I think she had a heart attack or was spooked and fell and broke her neck as there was no sign of disease, egg bound, good poisoning etc.... Now this with my light brahma. I had 4 hens now 3 and I'm sooooo worried I could lose her too. I know there's not much I can do.... But any words of experience with this type of thing would be helpful... Has this happened to anyone and their hens passed it or I read it can sometimes just sit in the crop... But over all my question is, is it most likely this will puncture her crop and she will die. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     

  2. Orpington Crazy

    Orpington Crazy In the Brooder

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    I so sorry for your loss, hopefully the screw will pass through. I hope someone with more experience can help you.
    Alyssa
     
  3. Twistedfeather

    Twistedfeather Songster

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    There's actually a condition for it known as hardware disease. It's where the chicken swallows something and that thing punctures the crop and gets infected. I guess it would be possible (but very difficult to this) but you can do surgery or just wait it out and see what happens. You can also go get a magnet and scan the area your chicken was in so it won't happen again.
     
  4. LisaChick1

    LisaChick1 Chirping

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    Thank you for your responses.
    It's only been 1 day I know, but she's ok for now. I would do the magnet thing, but we are on 46 acres and they roam through about 3+ of them so there is a lot to comb through [​IMG]
    I am wondering if this has ever happened to anyone and their chicken lived and was fine....? Or is it rare for them to make it through this?
     
  5. hennible

    hennible Crowing

    I think she'll be able to pass it... You could give olive oil to lube things up...
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2015
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  6. LisaChick1

    LisaChick1 Chirping

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    Thank you!!!

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  7. hennible

    hennible Crowing

    :fl
     

  8. hennible

    hennible Crowing

    How is your hen?
     
  9. LisaChick1

    LisaChick1 Chirping

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    Still no sign of any problems! [​IMG] thanks for asking!!!! [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  10. Cluckies

    Cluckies Crowing Premium Member

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    Is she still good?
     

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