Silkie has swollen chest!

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  1. gabz44

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    My 10 week old silkie has a swollen mushy chest. Any thoughts ? He seems fine otherwise
     
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  2. aohare

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    Is it his crop that is mushy or is it his actual breast area?

    Can you post a picture and show where?

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  4. aohare

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    I would see if there is an avian vet in your area in case there is air leaking into the chest or a subcutaneous fluid build up.

    If no avian vet is available then back to basics-
    Is she breathing okay?
    When you press on it does it rebound immediately or stay dented temporarily?
    Is she eating and drinking okay?
    Is the crop noticeable beyond the swelling?
    Is she alert and active?
    Is she eating and drinking normally?

    Sorry to play 20 questions, nothing really comes to mind immediately if he seems find beyond the swelling unless its his crop or fluid/air buildup but normally those have other symptoms.

    AJ
     
  5. Wyorp Rock

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    What type of feed do you provide? What kind of treats? Do they have grit? What type of bedding?
    10wks. looks like a full crop. What does his poo look like?
     
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    Forgot to ask it the "swelling" on the left side, right side or middle?
     
  7. gabz44

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    Is she breathing okay? Yes
    When you press on it does it rebound immediately or stay dented temporarily?rebounds
    Is she eating and drinking okay? Yes
    Is the crop noticeable beyond the swelling? Nope
    Is she alert and active? Yes
    Is she eating and drinking normally? Yes
     
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    What type of feed do you provide?
    See picture of feed- I've only given a little lettuce and sunflower seeds a couple times
    What kind of treats? Do they have grit? What type of bedding?
    Bedding is shavings mixed with hay that has sweet pdz in it
    No grit but I think that may have some in it???
    10wks. looks like a full crop. What does his poo look like? Not sure what poo looks like I need to maybe separate him to see?

    It's more on the right side but center and a little right. Feels like a water balloon
     
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  10. Wyorp Rock

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    I would make grit available. My biggest concern was that he had an impacted crop by eating bedding, but give him some grit, if he goes at it with gusto, then you are on the right track. Depending on what he ate, time will tell if the crop empties. Does his breath smell?
    They usually have it a the feed store. Just offer it free choice.
    IMO if grit were mixed in with my feed I would not buy it. Granite is heavy and is not really "feed". Your chicks will only pick up a small amount as needed, so a small bag will last a long time.
    By all means give them lettuce, veggies, fruit, sunflower seed as a treat, just make sure the grit.

    I used chick starter until mine were about 10-12wks old, then I went with a "flock raiser" type of feed which I still feed. Has a higher amount of protein and can be given to poultry at all ages and sexes. I make sure to offer oyster shell free choice, so the girls that are laying have added calcium.

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