Weird sound/ head stretching...FBAO or something else??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JesNflock, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. JesNflock

    JesNflock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wanted to post this video about my Roo, Pepper, who out of nowhere started making this weird sound while shaking and extending his head. When I first heard him I thought maybe he was starting to try to crow (He is almost 5 months old and hasn't started to crow as of yet) but then I started to get worried that it could possibly be a respiratory thing which I have never had to deal with but I know it can be bad for the whole flock. He was doing the sneezing/noise/stretching for a little bit longer than the video (He had been acting his normal self all day up to this point) The drool that came out his mouth really was concerning me. I separated him right away from everyone and but he stopped doing all of the above things and began to act completely normal once again. After watching the video of the short ordeal my husband thought he probably had a FBAO after eating something large that (like the frogs they gulp down on occasion lol) might have gotten lodged and blocked his airway partially. I am happy to say that he is doing GREAT now.

    I just wanted to share about this event and if you have any comments or advice or you think this is something I need to keep him separated for I let me know ( I don't want to get anyone sick if that's the case, but I don't think it is)


     
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  2. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    the video is not here
     
  3. JesNflock

    JesNflock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, I think the link should be there now...I needed my son to help me with the video lol
     
  4. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    did you feel his crop to see if it was impacted? his eyes were clear so thats good. that usually goes with upper respiratory.
     
  5. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X2
     
  6. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The stretching of his neck is him adjusting his crop.
     
  7. JesNflock

    JesNflock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I felt it after he stopped doing the stretching thing and it seemed pretty normal at that time for having eaten all day (I didn't check it when it was happening) I will check it again in the morning to make sure it went down all the way.Now I'm thinking about the fact that we did have a problem when he was only about 6 or 7 weeks old with his crop not emptying properly overnight and had to separate him from the rest, limit his food in the evening and massage his crop in the morning until he was regularly emptying on his own ( He was NOT happy about that, but I had only had chickens for about a month and was paranoid about getting impacted crop.) It worked out well for him though. and he only did the drooling that one time.

    About his eyes, I looked for discharge drainage from both his eyes and nose but have seen nothing from either. I try to keep a close eye on them for signs of illness or just not acting their normal selves, especially since I'm still a newbie when it comes to chickens [​IMG]

    I think I'm going to add some extra grit for them just in case and now I'm gonna check his crop tonight instead of waiting til morning...
     
  8. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Treat him for worms with Safeguard, worms can slow the crop down, however, others things can cause this. Crossing my fingers he has a flat crop in the morning.
     
  9. JesNflock

    JesNflock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will do that...I have been thinking I probably needed to do a worming soon anyway so now is as good a time as ever...and if I treat him I will go ahead and treat my girls as well. Thanks, I hadn't thought about worms contributing to slowed crop.
     
  10. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like plan. :)
    Great link about deworming.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/812128/worming-with-horse-wormer
     

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