HELP!! Two of my chickens got rained on, what do I do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kristy in WA, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. Kristy in WA

    Kristy in WA Songster

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    Hi,
    We had 2 chickens that were getting pecked by the others so we separated them into a different pen. Well, we forgot to cover them and they got totally rained on. We have brought them in the house in a dog crate lined with shredded paper and they are right next to the wood burning stove, which has a fire in it (we are having a very cold summer in Northeastern Washington). Do I need to blowdry them? Is there anything else I should do? Do they need food and water over night, or can that wait till tomorrow (I don't have food or water in the pen with them). Please help! Kristy
     
  2. claud

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    How old are they?
    If they are adults and they are acting normally they should be ok.
    Mine stand out in the rain and get soaked lots of times and it doesn't seem to bother them.
     
  3. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

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    Their prob fine unless their really young and don't have all their feathers in just keep them warm and they will be fine.
     
  4. Pine Acres Peeps

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    I wouldn't blow dry them, I just went through this with some easter egger chicks on the way home with them. I put a heat lamp on them and a heater that has a fan in it. They all did fine. I'd give them some food and water when they get a little drier.
     
  5. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Hi Kristy,

    I've had hens in W WA for just over a year. Sometimes they get so "rained on" that they look like drowned rats. The standards don't seem to care. The banty cochin cares... a LOT... and will sit and grump whenever it's raining. She's really susceptible to mites b/c her legs are so short and her feathers are so long.
     
  6. Kristy in WA

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    They are 2 months old, completely feathered out, and look almost like adult chickens--they are big. I guess they should be all right next to the nice warm fireplace. Thanks so much for your responses. We are new chicken owners this year, so are pretty much clueless about anything out of the ordinary!! Kristy

    PS...dh says they are now living the plush life next to the fireplace!!
     
  7. Pine Acres Peeps

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    Wow, using a fireplace right now blows my mind, it was over a hundred here for the last week of so! [​IMG]
     
  8. PunkinPeep

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    Quote:me too.

    lucky you with the "cold summer."

    my chickens stand out in the rain, but i think it's because they're getting cooled off.

    the fireplace should be plenty.[​IMG]
     
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    My chickens would love some rain about now. Instead they stand in the wading pool and dream of cooler days.
     
  10. PunkinPeep

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    I started shooing my chickens away from the garden the other morning because i thought they were there to eat. Then i realized...i had just watered the garden - they were digging, hoping for a puddle! [​IMG]
     

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