Help! Day-old got too cold, is lifeless. Resuscitation possible?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sevenbabychicks, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. sevenbabychicks

    sevenbabychicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got up too late this morning, and found that one of my hen's brand new babies had gotten caught in a bit of plastic fencing. It's lifeless and cold - but not stiff. I remembered the part in The Natural History of the Chicken (movie) where the lady was able to bring her cold chicken "back to life", and saw a bunch of threads on here about the possibility of reviving a chick with a hairdryer.

    The problem is, I don't own one of those. Right now I have the chick surrounded by jars and ziplocks filled with hot water. Is there something better I should be doing? At what point should I give up? No rigor-mortis so far.

    Oh, I don't think it could've been stuck in the fencing for more than 45 minutes... but it's the coldest morning of the season - below freezing [​IMG]
     
  2. madamwlf

    madamwlf Nevermore Acres

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    Do you have a heat pad? Those get pretty warm. Or you could put it in your shirt. Body heat is great for warming something/one up.
     
  3. lindsay297

    lindsay297 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a heat lamp?? or a spot light that you can put the chick under with the bags of water?? By no means an expert but, just a thought??
    A hot water bottle might work too!!
     
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  4. sevenbabychicks

    sevenbabychicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was going to go out and buy a heat lamp, but the chick looks to be stiffening up. Ugh, so sad. It was one of two faverolles/EE - one's yellow and this little guy was jet black. I was really looking forward to seeing what it turned into. I wonder what makes resuscitation possible for some chicks and not others?
     
  5. lindsay297

    lindsay297 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry to hear about your little one!! It is hard when you try and it doesnt work. If only we knew the answer to that!!
     

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