NEED CHICKEN ADVICE PLEASE!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chix196, Nov 28, 2016.

  1. chix196

    chix196 Out Of The Brooder

    10
    0
    24
    Jul 10, 2015
    Michigan
    I'm from michigan, and currently it is 46 degrees and raining. I normally work evenings and during the day I open the door because my chickens love to run around in just about any weather. I got off work late but went down to see if they were alright because I had a gut feeling something was wrong. All 6 off my chickens (3 barred Plymouth rocks, 1gold laced wyodotte, 1 gold star, and 1 coocoo Maran) were locked out of their coop, muddy, in the dark and soaking wet all the way to the tips of their feathers. I was so stressed out when I saw all my babies huddled up and muddy I picked them all up and got them inside. And they started trying to shake their feathers loose and pick at them selves.

    They seem to be doing fine but Im worried they might get sick.

    MY QUESTION: is there anything I should do? Or can do to help them? Do I need to get antibiotics so they don't get sick? Please help[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,948
    377
    236
    Jun 23, 2013
    Hilo, HI
    Not sure about meds, assuming their coop is enclosed with lots of shavings/hay/straw, think they'll be ok & warm each other up with their body hear. Need to make sure the door to their coop don't shut on them again. Main thing they don't catch the draft, someone with more experience will be peeping in.
     
  3. chix196

    chix196 Out Of The Brooder

    10
    0
    24
    Jul 10, 2015
    Michigan

    Thank you for your help. And I understand the draft part but what do you mean by the last sentence?
     
  4. Lil Peeps

    Lil Peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    615
    54
    91
    Apr 16, 2016

    I second chix196 on keeping them in a draft-free environment. If they are really soaked you can actually blow dry them with a hair dryer. I've done it before in a similar situation and it worked pretty well. They are most likely just sorting through and preening their feathers, by separating them and fixing them they are actually helping them dry out a little bit. As long as they are not viciously pecking on each other they should be okay. If you notice them sneezing or if they have discharge from their eyes or nose you could pick them up some meds too help. Not sure which one right now.
     
  5. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,948
    377
    236
    Jun 23, 2013
    Hilo, HI
    Oh, meaning to say other will "peep" in with their help.
     
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2016
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    32,843
    5,592
    556
    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    No, do not give antibiotics. they won't keep a bird(or anything else) from getting sick.

    Just let them dry out and preen themselves clean.
    You probably could have just put them in the coop.
    Did you check that they were in fact soaked literally 'to the skin'?
    I have some who love to be out in the rain and often looked soaked,
    but if you check down deep in the feathers they are dry at the skin.

    How did they get 'locked out'? Automatic door?
    They don't always work....or birds don't always get inside in a timely fashion.
    Best make a weather proof shelter in your run for if(when) it happens again.
     
    1 person likes this.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by