1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Jumping off roosts can have it's dangers!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Hangin Wit My Peeps, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    I had a very sick chicken and thank god I seen WHY she was sick before I freaked out and thought she had a disease. I opened the doors to the coop two mornings ago and everyone started jumping off the roost...well Britney (my buff orp) got in the way and not one but two hens jumped on her...one on her neck area and one on her back! Poor thing was acting almost dead. I picked her up and held her neck for her (it was totally limp) and thought she broke her neck. I put her in a cage with food and water with vits and electrolytes in it. She would not eat or drink that whole day. I tried helping her but she refused. The next day she looked worse and we had decided when hubby got home he would put her down [​IMG] I have a double ear infection the same time so my head is aching and my ears hurt and I can't hear a thing out of either ear (thank god we all know sign language! My son is deaf) but I want this baby to make it so I down some pain pills (which made me throw up all day because I don't feel like eating) and try to do my best. It had to happen when I get sick! [​IMG]
    ANYHOW,
    My dad lives with us and he is usually outside all day sitting in his recliner in the garage where she is. He came up with a report every now and than. Later that day he came up and told me she was walking around a bit (neck still dragging but at least walking a bit). I went down there and offered her some water. She tried and tried to drink but didn't seem to be getting anything. I tilted her neck back a little and that helped her get something at least. Later that day she ate on her own with neck still dragging...I helped her get more water every few hours. So that night we went to bed hoping that the morning would bring good news after two nights of thinking we were going to have to cull her. This morning I went down to find her sitting normally with her head up where it should be [​IMG] I was SO happy! She is now walking back and forth saying "let me outta here"! I'm going to keep her in there one more night to make sure everything is okay with her. WHEW, we almost had our first cull.
     
  2. hereachick

    hereachick Out Of The Brooder

    I'm glad to hear she came out ok.I know exactly what you are saying.My chickens and ducks come out of the coop like maniacs,they fly off of the roosts like jets coming in for a landing! One of them clipped my arm with their wing the other day, man did that hurt! But, they were ok.It's just a matter of time before one of these maniacs get hurt I'm sure.But they don't slow down no matter how slowly we open the door.Good like with your chicken,I think your right to keep her seperated till she fully recovers and good luck also with your infection I hope you feel better soon too!
     
  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    She goes back with the crew tomorrow [​IMG] She is doing so well now...I would have thought she was sick with something else like Mereks or something if I had not seen what had happened. So happy I did! Thanks for the comment [​IMG]
     
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    35,112
    121
    458
    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    ooh!..i;m so glad shes getting better!!...my birds do that also..when i open the coop door..its like a stampede!...and they fly right at me to!..[​IMG]..i have to dodge them...my roosts are pretty high..i'll have to keep an eye out for that type of thing also...thanks for the heads up!..Wendy
     
  5. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    8,792
    34
    308
    Jan 1, 2008
    WestCentralWisconsin
    [​IMG] So glad she is doing better. I hope you are too.
     
  6. Daycare Mom

    Daycare Mom Chickens, Cuddly and Delicious

    Apr 9, 2008
    Conklin, Michigan
    So glad you didn't have to cull your girl! Good to hear she is doing better.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by