Help!! Chicken in the Pond!

LisaAnnW

Chirping
8 Years
Jul 31, 2011
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Poor Pepper! Hopefully she didn't aspirate water. I'd towel dry her, then use a blow dryer to warm her. Good luck.
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six_eclectic_chickens

Chirping
8 Years
Oct 2, 2011
166
5
91
We have brought her inside and she is in a box wrapped in towels by the fire. My mom is afraid to blow dry her because she thinks it would scare her too badly.
 

katie4

In the Brooder
8 Years
Apr 19, 2011
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1
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Bring chicken inside. Gently towel dry the worst of the moisture off of chicken. Leave in an area that is warm to you but not hot. Keep drafts away especially cool/cold ones but allow for fresh air to circulate around chicken.

If chicken's condition doesn't improve, wrap in warm towels and put in a warmer place. A blowdryer on a low setting will help to dry outer feathers. The finer feathers, down, and larger feathers at the base will take more time, maybe a day or two, to dry completely.

I'd keep your chicken in a warmish and draft-free area for a day or two. Feed regular food and supply warm water enriched with electrolytes per the serving directions. Keep in dry, comfortable bedding.

Good luck and keep us posted!
 

groundpecker

Songster
8 Years
Jun 26, 2011
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51
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Rison, Arkansas
Many of my chickens love to peck around in the rain, snow, and a couple would hop in the small kiddie pool back during the summer. Unless it is very, very, cold the bird should be fine.
 
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six_eclectic_chickens

Chirping
8 Years
Oct 2, 2011
166
5
91
Thanks for all your help! She has mostly recovered since we blow-dried her and she is resting in front of the fire right now and should be fine.
 

gryeyes

Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers
10 Years
Sep 22, 2009
15,506
416
358
My slice of heaven in Somerset, CA
I had the same thing happen some time ago. She was absolutely motionless, floating in the pond. Cold. I thought she was dead, and when I scooped her out, also thought her movement was that reflex movement, not life. But she did it twice, so I rushed her inside.

I dried her with towels, pressing to get the most of the water out of her feathers and then used my hair drier to warm her. I'd set her down in a towel lined box with a light towel around her body, with a heat lamp over the box. Every few minutes, I'd pick her up and blow dry her some more.

I am SO surprised she survived.

Here's a link to the full story: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=4411637

I'm
pulling for your chicken to make it. Don't be afraid to use a hair dryer on low setting, under her wings and on her body. Good luck!
 

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