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Frozen Maran

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jdilapi, Dec 7, 2014.

  1. jdilapi

    jdilapi In the Brooder

    Aug 6, 2014
    We are from north east so its really cold up here. Our chickens free range and we leave a heat light in the coop. This morning we found a maran lying outside the coop on her side. She was so cold, we brought her in and she's been napping by the wood stove for about an hour. She's standing now and she ate a little. But she hasn't moved from her spot. How long should we keep her in, and is there anything else we should do before putting her out?
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2014
  2. TaraBellaBirds

    TaraBellaBirds Songster

    Jul 13, 2013
    SW Kansas
    I would be concerened that it is not just the cold that is affecting this bird. Chickens don't normally leave themselves out in the cold if there is an alternative.
    Give your hen a good looking over. Check, vent (for lumps or swelling), eyes should be clear and alert, ears and combs should be red if hen is mature. Also check her body for wounds, feet for scabs or unusual bumps. Anything unusual could be a clue to what is ailing her.
    Is she walking/acting normal? If not then you should probably keep her for observation.
    Eating and drinking is always a good sign.
    If you have electrolytes you can add them to her water. A cooked egg also has lots of nutreints and is tastey to boot!
    Post updates and any questions. Hopefully she's just cold and will perk up soon, but it is always best to be certain.
  3. jdilapi

    jdilapi In the Brooder

    Aug 6, 2014
    Thank you. Ill put electrolytes in her water. She hasn't taken a drink yet. Ill also check vents. Everything else looks good. Ill give her egg too. Appreciate the advice.

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