Cold Chicken Got Wet...Not Good

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Plant City Newb, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. Plant City Newb

    Plant City Newb Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi. I'm new to this website and to chicken wrangling. I live in Central Florida. We've had a cold spell that's lasted for a couple of weeks (that's long for Florida winters). Yesterday I was taking the waterer out of the run to clean and refill it. I inadvertently spilled some water and made a small puddle. My smallest girl (Ruth..I have four...all ISA Browns) decided to stand in cold water on a cold evening with a cold wind blowing. In the space of time that it took me to walk 100 feet, clean and refill the waterer and walk back to the run she was laying in the water and her feet didn't seem to be working. Then she laid on her side and her eyes closed. I thought she was dying.

    My husband picked her up and said she was still alive. We took her into the house, put her in a box and took a hairdryer on low to warm her up. I put the box in the tub (containment purposes) and within an hour she was standing up and then sitting on the edge of the box. We left her in the house overnight and then put her back with her coop-mates this morning. She seemed fine. We'll see when I get home from work. Fortunately it's supposed to warm up into the 60's today.

    I did call the farmer I bought her from and he said that they can stand the cold but not cold and wet and that she got over-chilled. It was like she sort of shut down until we warmed her back.

    Long story and a question. Has anyone ever had a chicken do this to them before?

    Thanks.
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes; especially with younger birds. I have had similar experiences and when caught in time the bird has recovered completely.
     
  3. Plant City Newb

    Plant City Newb Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. These are younger birds (9 weeks). When I got home Ruth was fine. Thank goodness. She was Schrodinger's chicken all afternoon. I'm sure it being warm today helped a lot. Thanks for the info.
     

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