Please help my rooster may loss its tongue

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by max101, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. max101

    max101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My pekin 2year old rooster attacked my 1 year old plymouth through the fence
    The pekin is in bad way
    I have given him a broad spectrum antibiotic as his face is blackened and he had a start of an infection
    He has not eaten in a couple of days so I force feed him mince
    I looked down his throat and found his tongue is near severed.
    The tongue has a wierd angle to it and can flop around the mouth
    The tongue has been ripped off about 3/4 of the way leaving it attached by a 1/4 thread
    It has a jagged rip also
    What can I do for him??
    Can a rooster live without the tongue??
    He can still crow weakly but cannot swallow
    Should I keep force feeding him??
    He has lost wieght
    Any advice would be appreciated
     
  2. max101

    max101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have searched the net for information I have also tried looking in the archives but to no avail
    Has anyone either experienced this or knows of anyone who Has??


    Any info would be appreciated
    Thanks
     
  3. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think this one would be one for a vet to look at asap. Either the tongue needs to be reattached or finish removing it.
     
  4. max101

    max101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it is removed could he still swallow
    Im from Australia and if you know anything about our vet prices here it would be close to $500 onwards for an operation like that as not many vets would preform it
    He still crows and now bubbly saliva is around his mouth
    I think that maybe the infection though
    Will a tongue grow back as I read on a forum here that a chicks tongue did?
    Remembering he is 2 years old though
    Thanks for the reply
     
  5. max101

    max101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is their anyone with an answer to this question

    Can a chicken survive without the tongue

    I need to know any advice

    I dont know what to do I dont want to kill him

    Ive never done that before

    Can the tongue heal before he starves as force feeding him is nt the answer as it stresses him out
    Thanks for any advice
     
  6. Animalian

    Animalian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2011
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    the trachea gets sealed off at the top of the throat, not particularly by the tongue. So He would still be able to swallow. Also watching a rooster crow they don't tend to use their tongue, it's all vocal chords. A tongue gets used for more complex sounds by more complex creatures.

    It may take him a while to learn to eat again, he'll have to work out how to get the food to the back of his throat. He probably isn't eating alone now because the stump it painful, that could also be why force feeding really freaks him out, because it hurts when you poke around in there. I would call the vets and ask for advice. Or cut the attached but of the tongue off yourself, TELL them that's how you found him and ask them if they can recommend suitable antibiotics.

    I can compare this to people piercing then (intentionally) splitting their tongues so it looks like a snake tongue. It swells, hurts, and take a few weeks to go down and feel better. I wouldn't feed him meat or egg because of the bacteria. I'd make a slurry of mash and water, maybe chuck in some vitamins and glucose. Have you tried offering him soft food? pellets may be too hard for his sensitive mouth atm.
     
  7. lleighmay

    lleighmay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry you're going through this with your roo. I had a rooster a couple of years ago who partially ingested a string from a feed bag which wrapped around his tongue near the base (much like you would wrap a rubber band around your finger). By the time I found him the tongue was swollen, dry, half dead, and partially severed. I used surgical scissors to cut it the rest of the way off (this was also the only way to remove the string). The rooster immediately recovered and began eating and drinking with no problems for the rest of his life. He was perfectly able to swallow, crow, etc. I watched carefully for signs of infection but there were none so I didn't give him any antibiotics. If you're not comfortable doing it yourself I would have a veterinarian remove the dangling portion of the tongue and he should be fine. If you feel capable of doing it enlist a friend to help hold him and use a small, sharp pair of scissors (surgical or sewing). One quick snip and after that your roo should be fine. Even if he were to suffer complications at least you've given him a chance.
    Best of luck- Leigh
     
  8. drdoolittle

    drdoolittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think Animalian and lleighmay have both given you good advice. I hope your roo gets better soon, poor guy.
     
  9. max101

    max101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much

    I more than appreciate your advice

    I will remove the tongue as it is only hanging by a thread really

    My spirits are positively higher now

    Thank you again for your answers he is a great roosters and I would hate to lose him
     
  10. Animalian

    Animalian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2011
    Australia
    how has your rooster been after tongue removal?
     

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