my old chicken is sick she is throwing up & her comb is turning purple

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by farmer macdonald123, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. farmer macdonald123

    farmer macdonald123 Out Of The Brooder

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    she is bobing her head violently and i do not know what to do she is throwing up water and she has direa I think it might be frostbite because her comb is purple and the frostbite lead to an infection but it has not been cold recently so I believe if it is not frostbite she may not be getting circulation to her comb. should i kepp her away from the other chickens or not??? she is a pet and we love her very much
     
  2. danamillette

    danamillette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Purple crop...could that be a sign of lack of oxygen? I'll let the experts chime in....
    Good luck!
     
  3. fornese

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    you might want to contact a vet about this one. I never heard of a chicken vomitting. This sounds bad.
     
  4. farmer macdonald123

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    i went to the website and it is very large who should i contact?????
     
  5. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How quickly did this start? My guess is that she's choking and suffocating. If she's still alive, she's likely suffered irreparable damage. Lack of oxygen to the brain results in hypoxia (which causes paralysis and such). The comb is turning dark because the blood is not oxygenated. Is she breathing heavily? Can she stand? If she's can't stand, it's probably too late now, but for future reference, when a bird chokes you have to dislodge the particles by flinging the bird downward. Hold the legs with one hand, support the breast with the other, and fling her between your legs very quickly until she vomits. This will empty both the lungs and crop, so be sure she doesn't aspirate again. I'm so sorry though! This is fixable, but it requires the tentative care of a veterinarian and an oxygen chamber, even then there's not guarantee she'll make it.
     
  6. farmer macdonald123

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    the bird has ben like this for a day and she is breathing she just wont eat but she will drink she can stand she has been standig all day
     
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  7. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Well, the fact that she can stand is really good. Is her breathing clear?
     
  8. farmer macdonald123

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    she was today and she has been throwing up stuff thats like slime (i dont know if that rele matters though)
     
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  9. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hm. Well let's rule out if it's choking. Go to your vet (they might even have this at your pharmacy, it was originally used on people) and ask for a week's supply of isoxyprin (spelling might be wrong). It's a blood thinner. Treat her with that for one week, morning and night, and if she improves we know that she's choked. Is her comb still dark?
     

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