Sick chick with subq emphysema and resp issues

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chicken Paradise, May 19, 2009.

  1. Chicken Paradise

    Chicken Paradise Out Of The Brooder

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    I noticed one of my 7 week old chicks sneezing; I watched it for a while and noticed it stumbling a bit; upon picking it up I noticed subq emphysema under the top part of the wing; it is drooling and acting sick. What is wrong? Should I put it down or can it recover?
     
  2. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Any bird that is showing respiratory problems should be put down asap. If they recover, they will remain carriers and can reinfect your other birds.
     
  3. Chicken Paradise

    Chicken Paradise Out Of The Brooder

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    I segregated the chick in a box with newspaper; there is quite a bit of watery secretions mixed with white...probably diarrhea. The chick is not longer wheezing or sneezing, acts alert and chirping normally.
    What is going on?
     
  4. Chicken Paradise

    Chicken Paradise Out Of The Brooder

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    The chick has had a somewhat formed greenish stool now, no more diarrhea. Do chickens vomit? Maybe all the clear/white stuff came from above and not below? It is acting normal now. They have recently been put outside, although crop is not enlarged.
     
  5. Chicken Paradise

    Chicken Paradise Out Of The Brooder

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    Well this chick was eating, drinking and running around, but I still had a bad feeling about the air bubble under the skin and it was rather a runt, the feathers never really came in, and there was evidence that it may have been getting pecked at, the skkin in the back was red. It only was making the occasional gurgling noise.
    Not knowing if this could affect the flock, we just culled it tonite so as not to affect the others.
     
  6. Renee

    Renee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry you had to do that. I hope all your other chickens remain healthy.
     
  7. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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