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Chicken was left outside in snow, any way to save it?

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One of my chickens was accidentally left outside last night.  I found her on the ground this morning, there was a puddle of water underneith her (I'm guessing melted snow from body heat), she was huddled down, neck pulled in, eyes closed.  I brought her inside and set her in front of the woodstove, but she hasn't opened her eyes or done much moving. I know it got below freezing last night, and was wondering if there was something I could do to increase her chances of getting through this, or if she's a gonner.  I did try giving her water, but she just pulled away and closed her eyes again.

post #2 of 16

Try some warm oatmeal

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Right now she isn't moving at all, except breathing.  I don't think she'd eat, or even see it.

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try to put it under her beak to taste it a little.

How long was she next to the stove for?

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I put here there about 15 minutes ago.  She's opened her eyes and is moving her head a bit now.

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ok. She may just be regulating her body temp and thawing of. does she have any sign of frostbite?

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Best thing to do is keeping her warm right now...I'd put some vits. and electrolytes in her water or childrens poly vi sol vit. liquid or even unflavored gatorade to help get her energy back......even some sugar in her water....my thoughts and opinions...try getting some scrambled egg in her when she perks up enough to eat...that gives her some needed protein....

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A couple upper parts of her comb are discolored, but I don't know if it was like that before.  Her feet look okay.

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ok. tuffoldhen is right as well and know more then I do about chickens. Just keep an eye on her and update us.

Hope she gets much better flflfl

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Thanks, both of you.  I'll try the egg and oatmeal, and I think I have gatorade...Will update with change.

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