Lethargic Chick with balloon in chest...?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HanaleeFarms, May 9, 2011.

  1. HanaleeFarms

    HanaleeFarms Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, all! I am needing some advice:

    Saturday we got a load of 12 pullet chicks, different varieties... they seemed to be fine, and I hand picked each one...

    however, Sunday morning my husband and I noticed one of the "tetra tints" (never heard of them before, bought em anyway) was acting lethargic, really sleepy. Upon picking her up to check her out, it seemed like she had a balloon in her chest! She walks when she is placed in an area she doesn't like, but was being trampled by the other, more vigorous chicks. We decided to separate her. I did message the balloon and she threw up a bit. I have been making sure she is getting water and mixing a little food with water so at least she gets some of the medicated feed... but I am not sure what to do. I was sure we would find her passed away this morning, but not.

    What do you think? She cheeps, looks well, aside from the balloon. Any advice would be helpful! Thank you!
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Hmm, is this the crop? Is it hard or soft when you massage it? Might be impacted. I think you could give the chick a little bit of olive oil and massage it....maybe that would help the little chick pass the blockage. Truly, I've never encountered this, so I am not sure if it works.....

    Good luck! Surely someone will come along soon who can help!

    Sharon
     
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    First off Welcome to BYC.

    Could it be the crop? On the right side between the neck and breast. It would fill up like a balloon when it eats and go down at night when the food is digested.

    Imp
     
  4. HanaleeFarms

    HanaleeFarms Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm fairly certain it is not the crop... however, there is a chance. I have felt an impacted crop before, and this is definitely not that-- it is truly like a balloon, or air pocket, in her chest?!?! Never encountered this and not sure what to do [​IMG] And, thanks! I'm glad to be here [​IMG]
     
  5. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    OH, maybe it is a "breast blister"! They form sometimes because there is a place of friction where the chick (or chicken) comes in contact and sort of rubs it's breast, causing the breast blister.....
     
  6. HanaleeFarms

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    I just looked that up, and there is no bruising or anything abnormal other than the bubble on the skin... thanks! I'll keep trying [​IMG]
     
  7. HanaleeFarms

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    Welp... she passed away this evening in my hands... still have no idea, however, the bubble/balloon went away as the day progressed. Thanks for all your input. This is the first passing of a chicken I've ever dealt with, so I suppose I'm pretty lucky. Thank you!
     

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