Chicken breathing hard

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by FarmGirlForLife, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. FarmGirlForLife

    FarmGirlForLife Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2014
    I went out to check on the animals and couldn't find one of my chickens. I finally found him stuck between a board and their corn container. I pulled him out carefully, put him in a cage with plenty of straw and a heat lamp. He was breathing really hard and shaking. Does he just need time to calm down? The position he was in had his head under his body.
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I think you are very lucky to have found him because he probably couldn't breathe very easily. I found a polish hen of mine today in a similar way, but not upside down, and she was stressed enough. I would watch him closely, treat him for shock, and maybe offer some electrolytes in his water tonight. Here is a link for homemade electrolytes (Gatorade may also be used):

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