Is my chicken suffering or exhausted?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Labbec, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. Labbec

    Labbec New Egg

    Feb 5, 2016
    My chicken decided to go into the hay rack for my goats to lay an egg today and ended up getting stuck between the spaces. When I found her she was not moving. I lifted her out and set her on the ground and she could not stand up. I then moved her into a nesting box where she laid and I let her rest for a little bit. Her eyes where open and her mouth was open as well. I then found a dog crate and filled this full of hay and moved her into this for the night. She is not walking still and can not stand. Do you think she is just physically exhausted and sore or is suffering? She seemed to hold her stance for about 30 seconds when I moved her last.
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Oh that is sad. Chickens get themselves into bad predicaments often. She may have panicked and thrashed around, and also may have been squeezed, not able to breathe properly. Dehydration may also have occurred. I would just give her supportive care, offer some electrolytes in her water, some chopped egg and her usual feed. Keep her warm and make things dim and quiet. Hopefully after some rest she will be better in the morning.

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