Late Effect of Hypothermia. Need advice.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by h2osplash, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. h2osplash

    h2osplash New Egg

    Jan 28, 2012
    My Silkie rooster fell in the pond. I don't know how long the rooster was in the pond but I found him floating and looking very cold and unable to help himself out of the water. I pulled him out and he was in obvious shock, shivering, not moving and not eating. The rooster (previously untouchable and flighty) allowed me to pick him up and I placed him the coop in the sunshine (it was 71 degrees here in Georgia) and after four hours he was still shivering slightly, but feathers drying. Next morning he was fine, eating and scratching.

    The problem: My rooster has not crowed since the plunge. Prior to the accident, he started crowing at 4:30 am and crowed on the hour, every hour...all day long. Also the previously persnickety creature now comes up to me every day for a scratch on the back of his neck and annouces his presence by softly rubbing his neck against my leg.

    Possible brain damage or just a thankful bird? Please advise.
  2. froggiesheins

    froggiesheins Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 14, 2010
    Jurupa Valley, CA
    BTW....Welcome to BYC. The poor fellow is probably still suffering the after effects of being SO cold. Is he eating and drinking OK? Be thankful that he is quiet for now...hee hee
    And I would imagine that he is thankful. Chickens can be affectionate so maybe he has now decided you are an OK bird. :D
    Hope that helps.....
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    No wheezing/coughing/raspy voice, right? One thing I can think is he may have gotten some water down the pipes and has an aspiration pneumonia brewing. If he has no signs of that then I would assume he views you as the dominant roo in the yard now that you saved him from certain death. Enjoy the bump in status while it lasts. Chickens have short memories.

    Glad you saved him. Good luck.

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