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Chicken in Shock?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by franksflock, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. franksflock

    franksflock In the Brooder

    Jun 23, 2011
    I have a mixed flock of heavy breads and polish crested that are almost 6 months old. My white/black polish girls have been getting their top knots picked at. I had them separated until they re-feathered and then slowly re-introduced them into the flock. One has done great, but the other one was immediately iced. I pulled both of them out and put them into their tractor. Shortly after I found the picked at girl on her back with the other a top her making an awful squawking noise. (this was yesterday)

    She has no obvious injuries. Doesn't seem to hurt anywhere when I palpate. She just sits on her hocks with her mouth open. Rarely makes noise. Won't eat/drink on her own. Will only stand for a few minutes and makes no effort to move around. I've been giving her water with solo-vit, pedialyte, and mixed vegetable baby food (low sugar, high protein) with a syringe every hour or so. She isn't getting better or worse.

    The only vet in my area that sees poultry is out on sick leave. Any thoughts?

  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Crowing

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    I think the bird's digestive system kind of shuts down when in shock, but hopefully in a couple of days she will show interest in food. I have also read that it is good to keep a bird in shock warm.

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