by Sandi


First, I want to say this is not a joke and I am asking a question that I have searched the web for an answer to, with no luck...
Now I am asking the only site I could find that related to these animals... And their care..

I was told by someone, who then contacted a friend to verify, that to resuscitate a ROOSTER that is not breathing , you must blow air into it's rectum instead of its beak.

Is this true?
This individual raises gamecocks and swears he's telling the truth...

Please respond as I am asking a sincere question..

Thanks so much for your help!


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by: Sharon

I've never heard that. Not sure what this person was reviving the animal from. No heartbeat? or just no breathing?

I have taken CPR classes, have given rescue breaths to non-breathing animals as a veterinary tech, and to new born animals not breathing yet - if massage doesn't work. I can't imagine how anything having to do with the rectum could provide actual rescue breathing.(The digestive tract & air ways are not connected.)

Seriously doubt if there is any scientific evidence that this works, seriously doubt that I would ever attempt it.

Your post doesn't sound like a joke - but telling someone to do that, does sound like a practical joke.

Giving CPR/rescue breaths, through the mouth/wind pipe to the lungs, is the way to possibly bring a non breathing animal back. It's important to cover the nostrils of an animal receiving rescue breaths, just as the nose of a human is pinched closed to deliver air to the lungs. With small animals rescue breaths are usually given through the nostrils and "mouth" at the same time.

Because our lungs hold so much more air than small animals, it's important to give puffs of air, rather than full force human breaths.

CPR for animals is very similar to CPR for humans. Compressing and releasing the heart - if the heart is not beating, can help to get blood flow going and remind the heart to beat - in conjunction with rescue breaths to get oxygen to the brain.

It's important to determine if the heart is beating before giving heart compressions. It's also important to determine if there is any breathing before giving rescue breaths, and FIRST determine if anything is blocking the airway. Rescue breaths can force fluids or solids to the lungs, which would not be good.

Chickens can go into shock, just like people. Pulse rate and breath rate can be low. The heart can beat for a while without breathing. If there is any pulse, often a brisk massage is more stimulating and helpful than CPR. Sometimes the heart is beating - but no visible breathing, and any physical stimulation, like massage, pats in the rib area, along the spine, or even a pinch (or sudden rectal stimulation?), can break through the state of shock and bring an animal back to breathing and consciousness.

It's possible any rooster this person believes they revived was only in shock and not actually dead. If this person raises game cocks for fighting, they have probably seen their share of roosters in shock.

I had a hen go into shock when a fox got into the chicken yard & grabbed her. She was laying on her back - thought she was dead. I turned her upright and patted her a few times and she jumped up and ran to the coop.

Just when you think you've heard it all...LOL

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