HELP! Silkie got chilled!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Crickett, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. Crickett

    Crickett Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,404
    47
    181
    Apr 9, 2009
    Heart of Dixie
    My black silkie rooster was outside when it came a very bad rain. He got throughly chilled to the bone, and was full of mud. DH washed the mud off of him and we are drying him with LOW heat. He is very lethargic, keeps throwing his head back over his back, and I can't get him to eat or drink, not even sugar water. What should I do?
     
  2. Crickett

    Crickett Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,404
    47
    181
    Apr 9, 2009
    Heart of Dixie
    Please can someone help me?
     
  3. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    Sorry about silkies mudbath....Do you have a box or crate that you can put him in?? I would put him in a quiet, warm, draftfree area, maybe cover box with a towel so it's a bit dim and offer a little yoghurt and water. You may try a heatlamp if he is very cold. Hopefully once he is warm and dry and relaxes a bit he'll feel better and eat/drink....Keep us posted [​IMG]
     
  4. Crickett

    Crickett Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,404
    47
    181
    Apr 9, 2009
    Heart of Dixie
    Right now he's in an old clothes basket with a towel on the bottom. We have him in the downstairs bathroom. It's quiet there, and draft-free. it's also fairly warm there, but not hot. I just worry cause I don't want to lose him. My silkies are my babies, and I only have five. Silkies, I mean.
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2009
  5. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    Is he showing any improvement yet? It may take a while to get over the shock....
     
  6. Crickett

    Crickett Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,404
    47
    181
    Apr 9, 2009
    Heart of Dixie
    No. He died.
     
  7. Mesa

    Mesa Chillin' With My Peeps

    365
    0
    129
    Nov 21, 2008
    New Mexico
    I'm so sorry.
     
  8. Picky Chicky

    Picky Chicky Chillin' With My Peeps

    965
    1
    141
    Sep 22, 2008
    Holly Grove, VA
    Quote:[​IMG] That's terrible news. [​IMG] My most heartfelt sympathies!! I just got my first silkie today and they're a force to be reckoned with - so sweet.
     
  9. Crickett

    Crickett Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,404
    47
    181
    Apr 9, 2009
    Heart of Dixie
    I do have a question. Whenever one of my birds, be it chicken, duck, turkey, or goose, starts to throw it's head back over it's back, I've noticed that the bird usually dies. What is it when that happens? Some sort of "death throes"? It's almost like a type of seizure or something.
     
  10. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    Crickett.... I just came back to check - I am so sorry that he died!!!![​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by