Rooster has air under skin on chest and has difficulty swallowing

Katie Scarlet

In the Brooder
Aug 12, 2017
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A little history, on Feb 5th 2018 something must have attacked my flock injuring 2 hens and my rooster. One hen died a few days later, the other hen had a leg injury and has healed to just a limp. And my rooster shakes his head like he is trying to swallow, he gurgles and his chest area is filled with air under the skin. He had a pretty big bruise on the right side of his breast when I first checked him over and I have drained the air several times but it fills back up pretty fast which is what I am thinking is causing him to have problems swallowing with the pressure of the air. He is eating, drinking and foraging pretty much like normal but he is loosing weight and i think that is because he can not eat as much as he should. So this has been going on for well over a month and no sign that it is going away, my question is does anyone have experience with something like this? I tried to upload a video but it is to large I don't know how to make it smaller to share.
Thanks
 

PirateGirl

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This sounds like a crop issue. Perhaps do a search on BYC of common crop problems in chickens and how to treat them. Hopefully someone else who has successfully treated crop problems in their flock will come along soon and give you some guidance.
 

Katie Scarlet

In the Brooder
Aug 12, 2017
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Napavine Wa
This sounds like a crop issue. Perhaps do a search on BYC of common crop problems in chickens and how to treat them. Hopefully someone else who has successfully treated crop problems in their flock will come along soon and give you some guidance.
Yes I thought that also but the air under the skin makes me suspect it’s from an injury. Thanks for responding.
A little history, on Feb 5th 2018 something must have attacked my flock injuring 2 hens and my rooster. One hen died a few days later, the other hen had a leg injury and has healed to just a limp. And my rooster shakes his head like he is trying to swallow, he gurgles and his chest area is filled with air under the skin. He had a pretty big bruise on the right side of his breast when I first checked him over and I have drained the air several times but it fills back up pretty fast which is what I am thinking is causing him to have problems swallowing with the pressure of the air. He is eating, drinking and foraging pretty much like normal but he is loosing weight and i think that is because he can not eat as much as he should. So this has been going on for well over a month and no sign that it is going away, my question is does anyone have experience with something like this
Thanks
 

Tiana's chickens

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So what's happened is that the air sac has been torn during the attack. You need to keep draining the air out so the airsac can heal. You may need to drain it multiple times a day if necessary.
I found a video that will help, I know it's a pigeon but pigeons and chickens are very similar internally so it will be much the same

Hopefully the link works. I wish you all the best :)
 

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