Something stuck in chick's throat

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by shadowmane, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. shadowmane

    shadowmane Chillin' With My Peeps

    I can't really explain it with words, so I'm going to post some video of what she's doing.

    Can anyone tell me what's going on here?
  2. JakRat

    JakRat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Did you feel around?

    It may not be feeling well stomach wise. I have a grown hen doing this. Hopefully someone can pip in with some more info
  3. shadowmane

    shadowmane Chillin' With My Peeps

    She doesn't seem to be doing too badly this morning. Her crop still seems kind of full, but its not as hard as it was last night, and she's not doing the thing with her head. I just hope she gorged herself, and its not something more serious. I don't know how I would do having to cull a bird this early. This is my first flock, and I've not crossed that bridge yet.
  4. shadowmane

    shadowmane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Okay, every time she eats some, she starts doing this. I have added apple cider vinegar to the waterer. My father-in-law says I might have given them grit that was too large. We've been giving them worm treats, and wanted them to be able to digest them. I guess we need to re-think that. He told us to just go to a playground and get a half a cup of sand and give it to them.
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida

    I agree with your father-in-law. Stop the worm treats. Parakeet grit or sand will work. Sprinkle either in the bedding, they will pick/peck at it. Other than fine grit, they should only be fed chick starter. Give your chick one or two drops of olive oil, use an eyedropper to put it on the side of her beak to administer, hopefully she'll swallow it on her own. Then gently massage her neck down past her crop. She will either puke it up or pass it on.
  6. shadowmane

    shadowmane Chillin' With My Peeps

    We gave her the drops of olive oil and massaged her crop. She did vomit. She seems to be doing better for the moment. I'll have to keep an eye on her, though. She began chirping very loudly after it was over with. Her crop and chest are still swollen and red.
  7. shadowmane

    shadowmane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well, its supper time, and she's back to doing it again. I'm thinking she has some sort of blockage further down her digestive tract. Its somewhere between her neck and her stomach. I guess we'll be doing this again. Also, I'm thinking of putting her in a pet holder over night, with only water. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. If we can't get her fixed up, I'm afraid we're going to loose her.
  8. Country4ever

    Country4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2007
    That's curious. It almost looks like something like hiccups. Is it possible she ate something she shouldn't have?
    I would just keep up with the olive oil and gently massaging her crop. Can you isolate her so you can inspect her poop?
    It almost looks like a tic-like action.
    Does she make any noise with it?
  9. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    I'd try the olive oil and massage again... several times.
  10. shadowmane

    shadowmane Chillin' With My Peeps

    No, she doesn't make any noise, but you can tell she is in discomfort. I have a pet carrier the wife is currently cleaning that we are going to put her in over night. The only issue is keeping her warm enough. We'll get her with the oil and message a few more times.
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2012

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