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My rooster is throwing up foam! Please help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Gracie T, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. Gracie T

    Gracie T New Egg

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    I saw my bantam rooster gagging, i thought he needed water so i went to him and he was covered in puke.

    It was a liquidy, foamy bubbly clear puke, I took him inside right away to treat him with tetracycline hydrochloride because i think it might be a respiratory infection but please help me.

    Everytime I gave him the medicine in a little spoon he drank it but then threw up more foam, what can this be? Please help me.

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. MotorcycleChick

    MotorcycleChick Gone quackers

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    I have to say that dehydration never occurred to me when my new chickens did that. I thought they just didn't like the motorcycle ride. They were at a swap meet (a pullet and a rooster) crammed into a cage with no room to move, no food or water for at least five hours. Serious stress!
    I can only guess that something may be stuck, and causing him to feel bad. Is there a smell like sour crop?
    Sorry I cannot be very helpful.
     
  3. Gracie T

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    yes there is a nasty smell. it smells like something dead inside him. What is sour crop though? and what is the treatment for that?
    Thank you in advance
     
  4. MotorcycleChick

    MotorcycleChick Gone quackers

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    This is from the help pages. I cannot remember who wrote it. Some people just tilt the bird backwards, and massage the crop twice a day. Then be sure to give him some yogurt. Please remember that hanging upside down is not good for long periods. They cannot breathe properly, and roosters are more susceptible to suffocating. Don't worry overly about it. I am just putting a bug in your head to get it done in a timely manner.
    [Sour Crop] is a common problem with hens, especially if they are allowed to graze on grass when they are first released. These birds are not used to eating such natural foods, so they tend not to know how to do it properly. Long strands of grass in the crops of such birds often are unable to pass through the digestive system, [so they] bind in the crop and ferment.
    A quick method of telling whether a chicken has Sour Crop or not is to gently squeeze it and sniff the air that’s expelled from its mouth. If the bird has Sour Crop then the air will smell awful, if not… well, I don’t suppose a chicken smells very nice anyway, but apparently la différence d’odeur is marked. (Of course, sniffing chickens is also one of the eight sure-fire ways of being marked down as a loony, but we’ll put that aside for the moment.)

    Fear not, help is at hand (If you were a chicken)
    Luckily for you my mother has a cure for Sour Crop. First she grabs you (this isn’t hard because you’re just lying there burping), then she sticks a tube down your throat, and pours a mixture of yogurt and olive oil into you.
    That done, she takes hold of your feet, hangs you upside down, and massages your stomach and crop until lots of green and white muck comes pouring out of you.
    Finally she flips you the right way up, pats you on the head, and puts you down. You ruffle your feathers, squawk a bit, ruffle your feathers some more, and then walk off in as dignified a manner as you can muster.
    It’s a tough life, being a chicken.
     
  5. Gracie T

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    Thank you soooo much, I'm almost positive that he has sour crop now. I was dying and bawling my eyes out loool I love him sooo much!
    Thank you again for your help!!!!
     
  6. MotorcycleChick

    MotorcycleChick Gone quackers

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    Good luck.
     

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