Chilled Chick-Think I Dodged a Bullet

LisaJean

Songster
12 Years
Sep 30, 2007
338
14
141
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Hi all!

The other day I got four 1-week-old (or so) Black Australorp and four Buff Orpington chicks, and put them into the little pen in my backyard. I had another group of chicks, but they are about 7 weeks old now, and they can roam around the fenced in yard.

Anyway, I went to water my veggie garden with the sprinkler, and forgot the the itty-bitty babies would be in the line of fire. They got soaked.

7 of the 8 looked fine. Wet and ticked off, but they were running around, eating, cuddling, etc.

Number 8 did not look fine. A Black 'Lorp. She was huddled next to the cat carrier I use as a shelter for the chicks. She was sitting down, closed eyes, head drooped. Drenched.


I scooped her out and... ahem... popped her into my bra. I wanted to keep her warm and have my hands free at the same time. No, I didn't take a picture. Pervs.


Anyway, I brought her inside and set up a small box with a heating pad and t-shirt, and set her in it. She stayed about the same, making mournful, quiet little "peeps" every few seconds. I got her to take a little warmed sugar water.

I just looked in on her a minute ago, and she's fluffy, bright-eyed, looking around, and peeping inquisitively. She took some more sugar water mixed with her normal food. I think she's going to be OK.

I'm really irritated with myself, because of that silly mistake. I know little ones can't regulate their body temps very well. Hopefully this little gal will pull through.
 

annek

Songster
11 Years
Mar 12, 2009
570
3
154
My goodness, with all the poor chicks that have been getting wet today, I think I am going to invent a chick rain coat or something, I could make a fortune.

Glad she is doing better, sounds like you were very lucky.
 

WriterofWords

Has Fainting Chickens
12 Years
Dec 25, 2007
13,212
52
336
Chaparral, New Mexico
As long as you caught her in time to dry her off and warm her up she should do fine. I have two roos that both drowned together twice,, they are both fine and dandy.
 

LisaJean

Songster
12 Years
Sep 30, 2007
338
14
141
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Well, I'm afraid the little one didn't make it through the night. I noticed that her crop was almost empty, so I am wondering if maybe she was already not doing well, and getting chilled was just the final straw.

Poor little mite. Oh well, she will become compost and go toward making our veggies grow in the fall. Circle of life.
 

keljonma

Songster
12 Years
Feb 12, 2007
1,705
13
171
8A East Texas
Quote:Sorry to hear about your chick.

Don't put her in the compost. You aren't supposed to put any meat or grease in the compost at all.
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom