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Sick Chicken...need help...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by iriesisnfa, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. iriesisnfa

    iriesisnfa Out Of The Brooder

    Hi there....I am new to the chicken world and need some advice. I have a hen who is about 4 months old and she has had a big lump/mass on her front upper breast area for the past 2 months it has recently got bigger and today when I went out to check on them she was hiding and looked like she was really sick. I picked her up and there was nothing to her little body, just that big lump up front. I think that she is dying, is there anything that I can do for her or does anyone know what could be wrong with her?
    Thanks so much...
     
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am wondering if she has an impacted crop. There is some excellent information on here if you do a search for impacted crop.

    Not to freak you out, but here is a link to impacted crop surgery (graphic), if after researching you believe that is what is going on. https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=21291
     
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2011
  3. Newbie in Screamer Al

    Newbie in Screamer Al Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wish I could help you. Hopefully someone will pipe in. Have you an aviary vet? or someone that raises shickens in your area? They may be able ot help.. All the best to you and her.....
     
  4. iriesisnfa

    iriesisnfa Out Of The Brooder

    Thanks so much folks....I looked up impacted crop and I am pretty sure that is what she has. Don't really know what to do at this point as I don't think that I could do that surgery on her myself. Not to mention that I think that operating with out some sort of pain meds is really inhumane. UGGGG!!! What to do.
     
  5. JakRat

    JakRat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read about regurgitating a hen. I did this and it deff emptied out her crop, but she did not survive much longer. It kept getting refilled. I mean at this point you may want to try it because it might just work, it might not but atleast you tried. Its not hard, you just massage the crop and kinda force it up. Mine eventually threw up and she seemed better after that, but like I said it got full again.
     
  6. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Do you have an aviary vet nearby? Granted, I don't know much about chicken neurology, but, as calm as the chickens appear during surgery, perhaps it is not as painful as we might imagine? That being said, I'm not sure I could do it either. I would think my hands would be shaking too badly!
     
  7. JakRat

    JakRat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is a new post on the forum where two ladies are going thru the same thing. Should be at the top. Sick chicks I think.
     
  8. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    There are several approaches besides surgery. I'd look through the threads on the FAQ page.
     

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