Pullet holds her head up and swallows like she's drinking

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by RedheadErin, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. RedheadErin

    RedheadErin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my pullets holds her head up and swallows as if she's drinking, only she doesn't take any water first. It's cold outside, so I had my son bring her in, put her in a crate, and give her a little bit of rom-temperature water. Could this be a partial airway obstruction? My son thinks she is only doing this when she thinks we are not watching her, but he might be mistaken. Any ideas?
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Is your girl still holding her head up? Hope she stopped, but if she is, does she open her mouth at the same time? Is she doing any coughing or gagging?
     
  3. HomeSnail

    HomeSnail Out Of The Brooder

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    Look for any type of respiratory issues, drainage, fishy smell, listen to the breathing for wet sound.

    If it is just recent there might be a small illness that should clear up, but if it is obstructing eating and drinking its serious. If not then its minor.

    If you have more questions PM me!
    -Malik
     
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    What does a "fishy" small indicate?
     
  5. HomeSnail

    HomeSnail Out Of The Brooder

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    The fishy smell can indicate a drainage problem of the nasal cavity on a chicken. As well as a infection. But they are simple to cure.
     
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    What type of infection are you referring to and what cure do you use?
     
  7. HomeSnail

    HomeSnail Out Of The Brooder

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    A infection can consist of many things. Honestly I would not know until I saw it, I have had a hen who was born with a defect which resulted in her nose area smelling like scallops. A infection can be treated with medicines from your local farmer tractor supply. Get a broad spectrum antibiotic which covers upper respitory infections. These can be added to the water to be applied. Put a small heater next to her ans make sure to keep the bedding dry.

    Hope this helps you.

    Also check the crop for watery ness, solidity, or emptiness. Check her weight. I don't think it's impacted crop but I would just check since the crop is the first stop for food.
     
  8. dawg53

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  9. HomeSnail

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    So what do you think the problem is?
     
  10. dawg53

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    I was going to ask you the same thing. I've never heard of a bird having a 'fishy' smell. Foul odors can be caused by coryza or canker...but no fishy smell associated with either. My birds have no problems.
     

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