HEN ALMOST DROWNED PLEASE HELP?!?!?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by scootaloochick, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. scootaloochick

    scootaloochick New Egg

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    Rounding up chickens then found my dog watching one of my hens in a bucket full of water (we had broken the feeder and have not got a new one yet so we had a home depot bucket out there) soaked and limp. I shooed the dog away and she coughed up quite a bit of water, then closed her eyes and maybe went to sleep? I've put her up in one of the nesting boxes (still limp) and she opened her eyes and looked around before maybe going back to sleep again
    Is there anything I can do to help her? :((
     
  2. McIntosh2019

    McIntosh2019 Out Of The Brooder

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    Give her heat and dry her off. Take her inside and feed her(with a turkey baster for water). She is fragile, SO BE CAREFUUL!!!!!
     
  3. parrotschickens

    parrotschickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I had a turkey that fell into our pool, dont ask me how she got up in there. She was still breathing but going under and then coming up. The only thing i knew to do is tip her upside down see if any water will come out of her. Then what i did was wrap her up in a towel and i blow dried her until she was pretty dry by that time she seemed pretty purky. I hope your girl makes it!
     
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Take her inside, dry her off, and get her warm. Chickens can quickly chill or overheat when they are wet because wet feathers lack insulation. Any water left in her lungs might cause problems, but for now, I'd just make sure that she is warm, eating/drinking, and given enough time to rest.
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    How sad. I'm not sure what you can do other than keep her warm and quiet. Chickens have lungs and then air sacs all over the body. When water enters the lungs there may be infection later. Usually chickens drown and that's it. I did pull one of my few-day-old chicks out of a pan of water that it got into, and it lived and did well. But it was not limp or unconscious. If it recovers tonight I might try to get some penicillin, amoxicillin, or keflex in case of lung infection. I hope it makes it.
     

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