Hen with breathing problems.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by FriendlyFlyer, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. FriendlyFlyer

    FriendlyFlyer Chirping

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    Hello. Last night a raccoon got into my chicken run by digging under the fence and killed two of my black hens (I had 3 total). After securing the fence with electric wire along the bottom of the run, I noticed that my remaining black-sex-linked hen was breathing wierd. Of course my mom says it's a mourning cry and as much as I wish that to b e true, I know it's not. Every single time she breathes she closes her eyes, tilts her head back and opens her mouth wide to breath, making a weezing sound. She does this everytime she takes a breath.
    Please help me. What could this be? Did the raccoon scratch her neck? Does she have a disease? I find it wierd because it happened the day after the raccoon attack and she is the only one with the problem. Should I move her to a seperate pen until she heals (IF she heals)? Thank you.
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    She has an internal injury. I am guessing probably a ruptured air sac or lung puncture/collapse. She is probably not going to make it. Keep her comfortable and quiet, but don't hold out much hope for her surviving this.

    I am sorry.
     
  3. FriendlyFlyer

    FriendlyFlyer Chirping

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    She passed away today. [​IMG] I believe your reasoning to be spot on. Thank you for the support.
     
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    I am so sorry for your loss. There was nothing you could have done to save her. Even a vet would have been hard-pressed to fix this particular injury.
     
  5. ChinoChix

    ChinoChix Chirping

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    I'm so sorry :(
     
  6. IngePet

    IngePet Hatching

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    OH no, I'm so sorry..... I feel so bad for you! {{{HUGS}}}
     

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