Did my chicken freeze?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by marywallin, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. marywallin

    marywallin New Egg

    Feb 1, 2012
    Hamburg NY
    Last week the temps went down to 15 degrees, and in the morning, my RIR was dead on the floor of the run underneath the coop. There were no signs of stress or injury of any kind.
    I always check to see if they are all in the roost, but it is possible I counted them wrong and she was stuck underneath when I closed the hatch. But, since it was 7 pm when I closed it, would it make any sense that she would not have gotten up to the roost on her own?
    There is lots of straw in that area of the run, and it is reasonably protected as it is under the coop. She had not tried to bury herself for warmth; she was simply plopped on her side. Did she freeze for sure? Is there any other explanation?
    My sister who is a vet tech took a look at the body and noted that it was not frozen all the way through and no signs of any other problems.

    ...also...the next day the other chickens were somehow slower, not eating as much and not running around as much. They are back to normal now. Theories??
  2. SmallFlocker207

    SmallFlocker207 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 9, 2013
    mine did the same exact thing, mine that died was a rhode island red to. temperature was the same. weird
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    It is very unlikely your bird froze. Chickens have an internal temp of 106 degrees, and a warm down coat to hold it in. More likely she died suddenly of unknown cause and just fell off the perch.

    Sorry to hear it, they are such charactors and it is always hard to loose one.

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