I need help...chicken was in swimming pool

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by azulita, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. azulita

    azulita In the Brooder

    Jun 9, 2007
    My chickens are self proclaimed "free range." They have a coop with a fenced in area, but have always preferred to roost in the trees and go wherever they please on our property.

    This morning, I went in the backyard to find my 2-year old Americauna hen Viola, swimming in the pool. When I put in a rake to help her out she just layed on it and was exhausted. I have no idea how long she'd been in there, but she is shivering and almost lifeless.

    I found feathers nearby in the back yard and I think a coyote or something must have almost gotten her and she fell or jumped in the pool. It's a salt water pool, but I'm so worried.

    What should I do? I held her in a towel for a while, then I put her in some straw in her coop. It should be in the 90s today, so I'm hoping she dries off soon.

    These are my first chickens and I really don't know that much.

    Kathy outside of Austin
  2. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    If she has no physical injuries then keep her comfortable. A nice box in your home
    or garage would do her well. She is in shock. Give her time and care and she will
    come out of it.

    Feeding yogurt is always a good thing. It's sorta like ice cream when your sick
    but very good for them.

    Best wishes.
  3. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    I'd give her a heat lamp like a brooder - where she can get under the light and warm up/dry off and then away from it if she gets too hot.

    Also the yogurt as PC mentioned, and if she doesn't perk up pretty quick you may want to add electrolytes to her water (like avia charge, etc)

    I'm sure she will be OK with a little time and TLC - I'm glad you found her!!
  4. kees

    kees Songster

    Feb 5, 2008
    Wow...your chicken can swim! I can't....[​IMG]
  5. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    Try to dry her off, but most importantly is to try and keep her warm. I think she just needs some time to recover.

  6. warcard

    warcard Songster

    Apr 4, 2008
    SE Indiana
    You might look into a scamper ramp in case this happens again. It's advertised for dogs alot, but they have pictures of squirrels and such using it after they have fallen in pools.
  7. azulita

    azulita In the Brooder

    Jun 9, 2007
    Great ideas. She slept in a box with a towell around her and is fine. However, that should have been a warning that something was coming at them. The next week her sister was attacked and is slowly recovering in a cage in the house.

    Self proclaimed free range is great...but they must be safe at night.

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