Can a shocked chicken snap out of it?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bantymum, Jan 6, 2008.

  1. Hi all, I sold a silky to a lovely man here who had a fox strike several days ago.
    He has now fixed the spot where he got in.
    He has one survivor who is still in shock.
    My silky is there to provide a friend to her.
    Apparently she is still not right and is traumatized.
    I havent had this problem "touch wood" but hoping to obtain some hints as to how to snap her out of it or regain her confidence.
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Oh jeesh! You say its been a few days?? Did he offer her electrolytes and vit water? Might be a good boost for her. Is she eating at all?? Maybe he can offer her some boiled egg yolk? So sweet you let your silkie be there to comfort her. I just hope they are safe...and she pulls through ok.
  3. Dodgegal79

    Dodgegal79 Songster

    Dec 1, 2007
    Princeton BC Canada
    I've gotten Quail that go shocky and what I've done is put them in a box in warm place and left them for the day, they come out of it. Maybe suggest they forcefeed some electrolytes and then the warm dark place.
  4. Thankyou, ive been sending emails with questions as to what she is doing, wether eating etc?
    sorry, i will have much more info when Peter replies.
  5. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
    when we had a bobcat problem, my hen's wear so tramatized that, they stopped laying and my favorite hen stopped likeing me [​IMG]
  6. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Songster

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
    lacy your post reminded me of this,

    I had an oegb roo by himself and somehow the neighbors dog grabbed his head.
    The dog immediately let go and the little roo only had a couple scratches which I doctored up.
    Before this, this little guy was so friendly with anyone.
    After this, he would try to attack my hand.
    It has been probably 3 to 4 months now and he has finally stopped the attack just this last week.
    The neighbor and I always met in the yard and talked and this only happened this one time.
    The neighbor felt worse than I did and since then will not bring her dog anywhere close to my chickens.

    Getting back on subject,

    maybe the trauma just has to wear off over time, and as long as she is eating and drinking, she should come around.
  7. Josie

    Josie Songster

    Jan 3, 2008
    I don't know if my experience is applicable,
    but when I was a teen I came home to find my dog chewing on a piece of wood. When I got closer I realized it wasn't a piece of wood after all, it was a hen! I hadn't recognized it because the dog had pulled out all of the body feathers. The chicken was completely lifeless and unresponsive, limp as a doll.
    Long story short, the hen completely recovered and was fine the rest of her life.
  8. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    It might take a while...they won't feel comfortable and secure...being warm and having company will help.
  9. Thankyou everyone, Ill phone him tommorrow.
    I would also guess that the chicken would smell the bloodshed left in the soil, so perhaps he should hose it out somehow. Chickens have a keen sense of smell.

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