Need help ASAP

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Teresaann24, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    my aunts hen is dying, Here is whats going on...She is gasping for breath and making a gerggling sound she wont eat or drink. She cant stand up she is weak and falls over.

    She was not like this this morning. and after 4 she was fine too. about 7 i went down to check on her and she was laying on the ground gasping for hair.

    Whats happening whats wrong with her? Can i do anything?
     
  2. spookykim

    spookykim Chillin' With My Peeps

    347
    0
    129
    Jul 16, 2008
    Ohio
    here is a bump for you I hope you find out soon.
     
  3. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

    5,930
    10
    251
    Jul 31, 2008
    if she is making gurgling sounds when she is trying to breathe it sounds like there is fluid in her lungs...
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 29, 2008
  4. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    I was thinking the same that she has got water into her lungs or had somthing stuck in her throat.
     
  5. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    USA
    Feel her crop...is it enlarged?
     
  6. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    I called my aunt and told her to give her a eye dropper full of olive oil. She said she gave her a eye droper full of sugar water and that she stopped gasping and making that sound for about 15 mins then started again. She also after giving her the sugar water was like she was trying to puke but nothing came out.

    Also she can not stand at all she has her neck streatched out down and is laying on her side with her legs streatched out to the side of her.
     
  7. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    USA
    Yeah, olive oil and then tell her to massage the crop. It could be sour crop. This wouldn't happen to be a silkie would it? What's the temp there? I have had two hens 2 silkie hens do the same thing you're describing and it was heat exhaustion. Silkies are the easiest to get over heated because of all their fluff. Once heat exhaustion sets in, it's nearly impossible to save them. Sorry...I'm bumping this cause maybe other might have some advice....good luck!
     
  8. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    Yes she is a silkie , she is not gasping anymore sinse she gave her the olive oil. its been an hour and now she is tryng to make her normal chicken sounds and she has been sneezing kinda but is still laying down on her side with her legs streatched out to the side. and is still holding her head kinda down.
     
  9. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    4,871
    23
    251
    Jan 11, 2007
    explain to your aunt that birds do not have an epiglottis... this means that they cannot close off the hole leading to the "lungs" so when giving her any kinds of fluids (or even feed) in such a way that the bird does not take it in itself and swallow on its own, you run the risk of it getting into the airways which is what sounds like what has happened here. This can also happen when the bird has a full crop and you pick it up in such a way that the contents go back up the esophagus and into the beak and then down the "wrong" hole.
    ETA: I know of nothing that can be done except to wait and hope the bird recovers.
     
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2008
  10. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    She took her to the vet bright and early this morning..

    Seems she has a resp infection including that the hen and roo she has been with has been starving her. The vet said she didn't have any muscle tone just bone and she had no food in her crop only gravel. He gave her a shot for the resp infection and told her she would have to feed her by a eye dropper.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by