Rooster has air under skin on chest and has difficulty swallowing

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Katie Scarlet, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. Katie Scarlet

    Katie Scarlet In the Brooder

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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
     
  2. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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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.
     
  3. Katie Scarlet

    Katie Scarlet In the Brooder

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    Yes I thought that also but the air under the skin makes me suspect it’s from an injury. Thanks for responding.
     
  4. Katie Scarlet

    Katie Scarlet In the Brooder

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    It seems like a crop issue but would that cause him to have air under his skin accumulating?
     
  5. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Pullarius

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    Sounds like a ruptured/pierced air sack.
     
  6. Katie Scarlet

    Katie Scarlet In the Brooder

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    That is what I am thinking myself. will it heal? its been over 6 weeks since he was injured. What can I do to help him?
     
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  7. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Pullarius

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    :idunno That I don't know, my apologies. @casportpony ? Sorry to bug you but this sounds like something more on your level.
     
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  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    One can poke the skin with a needle to let the air out.
     
  9. Tiana's chickens

    Tiana's chickens Songster

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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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  10. Katie Scarlet

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    I have had to do that repeatedly for a couple weeks and it refills. :(
     

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