Help!! My hen almost drowned!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by brownie, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. brownie

    brownie Out Of The Brooder

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    What should we do with our hen who is very cold, wet and in shock from being chased by our neighbour's dog into a well? My husband just rescued one of our hen's from the water,wrapped her in a towel and brought her into our house where it's safe and warm. She's breathing, but not moving. It's there anything we can do to save her, or is she going to die? I'm very concerned, because I don't want to lose her.
     
  2. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    Welcome to BYC!!!

    I am so sorry that you have this terrible problem!! [​IMG]

    You might try using a hair dryer (on low) to dry her off. She should be placed in a warm, quiet place (dog crate with a heating pad???).

    She also needs water. Look under some of the previous posts in this section for suggestions as what to feed/water her.

    Good Luck!!!
     
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  3. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Get her close to the heat. A heatlamp would work. I dont think you should use a hair dryer because it just might stress her more. Get her all dry and in a warm spot before she goes to bed. Then just offer her a little water and food only after she is warmed up.
    edit: O and make sure she doesnt get overheated. hope this helps.
     
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  4. wyliefarms

    wyliefarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2008
    Fowlerville,MI
    Yup all the above.

    Also the water should be warm, not cold, for her to drink.

    Give her time, it takes awhile to come out of shock.
     
  5. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Please dont give her any water or food untill she is fully warmed up [​IMG]
     
  6. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2008
    IA
    one of mine accidentally fell into the horse water tank once in the winter [​IMG] He was freezing cold I rushed him in a blew him dry with a blowdryer and then placed him under a heat lamp. A few hours later he acted fine but I still kept him in for a few days.
     
  7. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Yeah I think hair dryer is best, I was just worried it might stress out the hen more. I would definitely keep her in for several days after, giving her some extra protein and vitamins too.
     
  8. brownie

    brownie Out Of The Brooder

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    Thankyou everyone for responding so quickly; I love this forum! My husband lay our poor hen next to the woodstove, so she's warming up now. It's been about an hour and a half now since she was rescued, and the other hens are going in to roost. We'll keep this one inside near the fire over night and see how she is in the morning. I guess thar's all we can do for now. Thanks again for the advice. I'll let you know how she is in the morning.
     

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