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After bath chick is stumbling and chirping weird

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chicken4prez, Jul 16, 2018.

  1. chicken4prez

    chicken4prez Crowing

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    image.jpg Hi everyone.

    Today is a very very hot and humid day so we gave all the chicks a hose down and one of the chicks is chirping loudly and more often than normal and she’s shivering and stumbling everywhere. What’s wrong with her? I’m almost positive she was fine before her bath. We gave all the chicks except for her just a quick hose down but my sister filled up a bucket and washed some water. She said her head did not go underwater.
     
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    chicken4prez Crowing

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    We brought her to snuggle and she’s still chirping loudly and having a hard time standing. I’m so stumped.
     
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  3. Rachel Taylor

    Rachel Taylor Crowing

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    How old is the chick? You said she was the one that got more than the quick hose down? How cold Was the water in the bucket?
     
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    chicken4prez Crowing

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    2 weeks I believe. Yes. Pretty cold, that’s why we did the rest quickly.
     
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    It may just be shocked from the cold. Depending on the difference between the heat outside in the cold of the water I’m not sure how bad the shock would be. Getting her dried off and warmed up like you’re doing is the first thing I would do. I had one of my two week old chickens fall asleep in her water bowl. Luckily I had marbles in it to keep her head above water but when I got her out she was soaked and shivering even though it was 70° in the house. After she dried off she was OK. A little stunt believe for a minute but I think partially because of her feathers were soaked. How long ago did this happen
     
  6. Rachel Taylor

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    Hot and humid day in Ontario? I have lots of family in Ontario
     
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    Very. 31C feels like 40C.
     
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    My sister is going to go do that right now. Like 15-20 mins ago.
     
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    lazy gardener Crossing the Road 5 Years

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    I can't figure out for the life of me why you would do this to a chicken of any age.

    Moving forward, if you think a chicken is having a hard time with the heat, be sure they have a nice shady spot where they can hunker down and dig a dust pit or hang out in the shade of a bush. Perhaps turn the hose on THE BUSH. You can offer electrolytes when the weather is miserably hot. But, if you do so, be sure the birds also have plain water available. It is not natural nor advisable to soak a chicken.
     
  10. Rachel Taylor

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    Well What might have happened because depending on the age of the sister she could’ve thought she was helping. Sisters can do some pretty crazy things. Yes a small spurts of cool water is helpful but chickens definitely don’t like being wet
     
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