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My chicken swallowed a long string ! help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by nick10atl, May 17, 2009.

  1. nick10atl

    nick10atl Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay my chicken swallowed a long string and half was still sticking out of his mouth but when i tried pulling it would not come out i mean it is in there so i just cut it. is this the right thing to do? please help. thanks
     
  2. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I had the same thing happen and I just watched the chicken for a couple of days and she was fine. That was last summer so I think she's going to make it.
     
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Oh man, that is one of my worst nightmares for some reason. I agree, you did the only thing you could do. Just keep an eye on him, and as a preventative measure, get all string out of areas where chickens can get to it.

    Just as another emergency preparation measure - I haven't needed a chicken vet- yet. *ranchie knocks on wood* But I called around, found an avian specialist and paid for a meet and greet visit. So now I know who to call for an emergency, instead of wasting daylight trying to find a bird vet!

    Good luck, hope he's ok!
     
  4. loverOFchickens

    loverOFchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine have got everything from earrings to balloon pieces (unintentionally) [​IMG] [​IMG].[​IMG]
    It should be fine.
     
  5. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Adding apple cider vinegar to drinking water can speed up digestion of anything containing cellulose (ABOUT A TABLESPOON IN 2 QUARTS WATER). Feeding bread soaked in olive oil may make it easier for string to pass as a lump rather than a strangulating piece in intestines, and feeding acidic foods like diced tomatoes can also be beneficial...[​IMG]
     
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  6. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    one of my chickens did this and i was going to cut it but i decided that maybe it would get tangled inside so i gave a slighly hard tug and out came the string with food about half the size of a marble she got some water immediantly afterwards idk and shes great to this day
     
  7. nick10atl

    nick10atl Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for all the answers everybody!!
    and as far as the last one goes i gave it several hard tugs and if i would of pulled any harder i believe it would of killed her but i will try the apple cider vinegar and see how that helps but thanks alot everyone if yall got anything else that could help feel free to throw it out there. thanks again
     
  8. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:ya thats what i had thought it was wrapped around inside somehow and then i got the scissors about to cut it and i tried one more hard time and poof ball of goop lol
     
  9. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    my roo did that too, i cut it as close as i could, and trying to get him to eat the oil/bread- nope, he won't do that, so have been watching him, no sign of a problem
     
  10. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    my roo did that too, i cut it as close as i could, and trying to get him to eat the oil/bread- nope, he won't do that, so have been watching him, no sign of a problem
     

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