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Swollen chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rogerrooster, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. rogerrooster

    rogerrooster New Egg

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    I have a chick with what looks like fluid build up under skin. Affected areas ..head neck and body mostly near neck. She acts fine and healthy. Can anyone tell me whats going on? No other chicks are affected.
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    When did you first notice this? How old is the chick? What does the swelling feel like (air-like, hard, watery, etc.)? Its possible that one of its air sacs ruptured, causing air to leak into the body. In this case, you can puncture the chick with a needle to let the air out, and it should recover in time.
     
  3. southernBelle79

    southernBelle79 Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it just a full crop?? Look that up. The first time I let my chicks eat grass, I panicked because I didn't know anything about a full crop.
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. I agree that it could be a ruptured air sac from an injury to the neck. Thisis called subcutaneous emphysema, and can be deflated by using an 18gauge needle--you can squeeze out the air or use a syringe connected to a needle to aspirate. It may reaccumulate, and this can be repeated.
     
  5. rogerrooster

    rogerrooster New Egg

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    Thanks I will give the needle a try
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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