Frozen Hen brought back

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Texasgirl4383, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. Texasgirl4383

    Texasgirl4383 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there,
    I'm in need of advice! I'm in south Texas and upon returning home found that one of my smaller bantam Cochins had stuffed herself in a opening under the inside coop. It's been in the upper 20s and lower 30s. There was some wet areas as well. So at 11pm I cut the floor up and retrieved her. She was limp, freezing and wet. I ran to the house as she had taken 1 slight breath and started running warm water over her. I have never felt such a icy body. Started to do the hair dryer and I lost her so I gave her a few breaths and pushed / rubbed her chest. After about 45 mins of working on her she started coming around where she was responding to touch and other stimuli. I got a high concentration of vitamins/probiotics/electrolytes down her. After about 2 hours she was sitting up on the heating pad and was fussing. So left on a low temp heating pad that turned off after 2 hours leaving her off for about 5 to allow her to cool and see if she could maintain body temp. She is looking good - sees and hears. What would the follow up care be??? Antibiotics?!, Shes not interested in water which is fine I'll make her a mash and get some water/food down her. She also can't walk because I think she crammed herself in so tight the it's squished up. I am thinking as she gets stronger that should work itself out? I feel horrible I was out of town for the day she could of been stuck for up to 24 hours based on the night before when I checked on her. Any advice???
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I'm glad that you were able to revive her.

    Give her some time to recuperate. Try to push fluids since she is most likely dehydrated. A wet mash will be helpful, but you may want to consider tubing water into her. To make water more palatable you can add a little sugar to it. Vitamins/electrolytes are also a good idea.

    Offer some chopped hard boiled egg or tuna.

    Keep us posted on her progress.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/805728/go-team-tube-feeding
     
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2017
  3. Texasgirl4383

    Texasgirl4383 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok! Thank you!! I will do just that!
     

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