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

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by temporaryaccount, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. temporaryaccount

    temporaryaccount New Egg

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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.
     
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Try some warm oatmeal
     
  3. temporaryaccount

    temporaryaccount New Egg

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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.
     
  4. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    try to put it under her beak to taste it a little.

    How long was she next to the stove for?
     
  5. temporaryaccount

    temporaryaccount New Egg

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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.
     
  6. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    ok. She may just be regulating her body temp and thawing of. does she have any sign of frostbite?
     
  7. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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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....
     
  8. temporaryaccount

    temporaryaccount New Egg

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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.
     
  9. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    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 [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  10. temporaryaccount

    temporaryaccount New Egg

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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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