Hey folks .... I have been up since 4AM with Dusty [4 year old bantam Langshan] and just wanted to run past you guys n’ gals what happened. Just before 4AM I got woken by what sounded like someone attempting to crow; thought nothing of it, rolled over didn’t even get back to sleep when I heard the flapping of wings, closely followed by someone squeaking when breathing. I flew out the door, torch in hand and found Dusty laying [upright] on the coop floor struggling to breath, beak open, eyes shut, gasping and looking pretty close to death. Grabbed her up and placed her on a towel on the outdoor table and started talking to her, stroking her neck, front and back. She tried to crow a couple of times and a couple of times there I thought we were going to lose her … couldn’t see much through the darn tears! Anyways, she struggled and gasped for an hour and a half while we droppered water into her and tried to work out what was going on. No discharge from eyes or nares and funnily enough, even though she was having major trouble breathing, her comb was still nice and red. I couldn't feel anything while stroking her neck and tried some very gentle neck massage while hubby trolled the internet for anything we could get .. sadly, not much. Anyways, all this time she was still laying [upright] and I had the idea to support her, off her chest to help with her breathing … half an hour of me and hubby taking turns doing that and she all of a sudden stands up on her own, still breathing a little heavy but very much improved and not looking like we were going to lose her. She stopped gasping not long after that. We put her in a crate for a while with some food and water and to my surprise she ate. While she is a little doughy still [as in tired looking .. can't blame her] she is now in the garden with the rest of the flock, no open mouth or heavy breathing, preening and walking around. Anyone have any idea what might have happened? I am wondering if something may have been caught lower down and it was not until we took the pressure off it moved? But why or how would something get stuck at 4AM. To be honest I have never seen anything like that and really have no idea what was going on One crazy, emotion filled morning and I am truly grateful that she is still with us but interested on your thoughts as to what might have been going on?