Please help with my chicken who is struggling to breath

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CuteChick369, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. CuteChick369

    CuteChick369 Chirping

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    I have a bantam cochin that someone gave to me because she was just laying in their run, and sleeping in the rain rather than going into the coop. Clearly she was sick. I have chickens, but I brought her into my house and dropper fed her to try to help her.

    She spent about 3 days completely limp, not even opening her eyes. Her head was on backwards (she had no head control) and she couldn't hold her head up or stand. I was going to have her put to sleep Monday morning, but she seemed like she was fighting and I wanted to give her a chance. So, I started tube feeding her a mix of baby bird food, vitatmin E, selenium, BHP, and tylan 200 (let me know if anyone wants dosages). She started to perk up! She started to stand but would only walk backward, and would sit with her feet in front of her. A few more days and she was walking forward and sitting properly on her feet.

    I setup an A-frame hutch for her in the run with my chickens after a couple of weeks, so she could be outside. She was eating and drinking on her own, but still slept almost all day long (with her head tucked under her wing, rather than on backwards!) and barely ate enough to stay alive, so I kept tube feeding her just once daily. I weaned her off the vitamins and went on a 4 day vacation out of town. She stayed in her A-frame with access to food and water and seemed fine when I returned. But, about 2 days after I returned, she went backwards. I brought her back into the house. Even though she was eating normal layer feed, she was not digesting (I think) and she was regurgitating some of her food, and started having a gurgling sound to her breathing, and some gasping for air. I tube fed her again, but added a bit of apple cider vinegar wondering if she had sour crop? I also started the Tylan 200 again (just today). I wish I hadn't tube fed her though, as her gurgling is so much worse now and she's gasping for air pretty badly. She's propped up in a cat bed and puts her head back really far and just breaths open mouth pretty heavily.

    She came so close to being ok, I really want to save her, if possible. Does anyone have suggestions of what I can do? I haven't tube fed her for about 12 hours now, and I'm worried that she needs nutrition and water, but I'm very concerned with the gurgling and her crop feeling like it's not really emptying (though I can't really tell, as her crop hasn't been completely full for some time anyway). Any suggestions welcome!!!! Thank you!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Waiting on a Fresh Garden Salad

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    My experiences is once a chicken starts having problems you can't stop it. There's obviously something seriously wrong with it. Sounds like you have tried your best. I personally would let her go. Sorry.
     
  3. CuteChick369

    CuteChick369 Chirping

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    Thanks for the response. Sadly, she passed away early this morning. I wish I knew what was wrong because she was really on the mend. I was expecting to introduce her into my flock in a few days, but then she went backward. In the end, she couldn't empty her crop and the contents were moving up into her throat, and she was struggling to breathe. I'm glad she's free now, but I sure to miss her!
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Waiting on a Fresh Garden Salad

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    Sorry to hear that. For the most part chickens are healthy up until they are not. I haven't had any luck saving them once they start to fail. Bantam cochins are my favorite breed, they are good little birds. So sorry again.
     
  5. dawg53

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    There mightve been a problem with her gizzard not grinding feed, impacted perhaps. It would cause liquids to regurgitate up out of the crop and go down her trachea causing the gurgling and gasping you heard.
    Sorry you lost her.
     

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