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  1. mamataaura

    mamataaura New Egg

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    We had a red light in the coop for heat, and they somehow knocked it down last night, and the straw ignited! Luckily, we got out there as soon as we heard them, and put the fire out. Some of them got their feathers burned, and they all inhaled a lot of smoke. They sounded more like puppies crying than chickens. We couldn't calm them down at all...they everntually wnet back to sleep. So now today some seem pretty normal, and some are really acting strange. Most of them are closing their eyes a lot today. One just stands there with her head back opening and closing her beak. My husband thinks she might not be able to see. Any advise on dealing with chickens who appear to be in shock? [​IMG]
     
  2. woolypiglets

    woolypiglets New Egg

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    I have no help for you, but man, am I sorry this happened to you and your chickens. [​IMG]
     
  3. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    She probably got smoke in her eyes. You could try rinsing them out with natural eye drops, not the kind that sting! Does she walk around at all? This was a very traumatic event for them too, make sure they are warm and secure.
     
  4. michelle1017

    michelle1017 Goat Mama

    Aug 21, 2008
    Missouri
    I don't have an answer, but I am so sorry to hear about it and hope they are all okay! Keep a close eye on them and give them a few extra treats for sure!
     
  5. mcg30_40

    mcg30_40 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wow! So sorry to hear that but I'm glad you were able to get out there so quickly.
     
  6. chickn

    chickn Away for a bit

    Apr 15, 2008
    New Hampshire
    stress does a lot also to a bird.

    we had this happen to us, you really need to tie up those heat lights it is so dangerous
     
  7. Granolamom

    Granolamom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you're anywhere near a health food store or "Herb shop", go and get "Rescue Remedy" drops. They're homeopathic, usually used on people who have had traumatic experiences or accidents, but work great on pets and other animals (we used to have a dog who was scared to death of thunderstorms, and when we finally found out about Rescue Remedy, it changed his life). Just put them into their water (they could obviousely all use some). Good luck!
     
  8. mamataaura

    mamataaura New Egg

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    We just let them out to roam the yard a bit...I was hesitant, but my husband thought they would like it...the ones that are more traumatized are just staying in their run, but most of them are happy to be out eating up all my chard...the one I talked about being most worried about is just staying in one place, not walking at all...my husband has been giving her a little water from a bottle, but I doubt she's eaten anything. I like the rescue remedy idea, I am very familiar with flower essences, as well as homoepathy. I had thought to give her aconite, but was waiting to see what would happen today. I think I will try it.
     
  9. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    You were really lucky that could have turned out a lot worse... How did the light fall in the first place?
     
  10. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * OMGOSH!! POOR CHICKEES!! Some of them probably have smoke inhalation, but you know that, I'm sure. What a terribly scary thing for all of you!
     

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