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Small hen ate hair

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by itzayanab, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. itzayanab

    itzayanab New Egg

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    Once of my Chicks was outside and I think she ate someone's hair and now she has a string of hair stuck in her throat or tongue and she keeps shaking, scratching her head and making noises what can I do to help her?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Try to pull it out, and check carefully that it is not wrapped around her tongue. There have been cases of losing a tongue from a hair or a string cutting off circulation. If her tongue is swollen or blue, just assume it is wrapped around it. I would be tempted to cut the hair off it you can't pull it out of the throat. Then I would give a few drops of castor oil or molasses to stimulate digestion and hopefully passing of some droppings.
     

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