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o.k so an emergency I caused and fixed ( I hope)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by magentamomma, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. magentamomma

    magentamomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2009
    Earlier I found one of my babies (16 week old Bantam) infested with mites and lice. So I thought I would try to treat her with Tea Tree Oil. So I put it under her wings, and then decided she looked off so I took he in side . By the time I got her in the house she was almost completely unresponsive, and I realized that the tea tree was effecting her badly, so I washed her quickly and wrapped her up in a towel. She started to grow cold and her breathing dropped to about 1-2 breaths a minute. I kept her by the fire and then it occured to me that she was cold, so I filled up some mini coke bottles with hot water. and wrapped her in a towel with them. I also gave her sugar water with a dropper and massaged her thraot and crop. I thought she was a goner, so I went to eat dinner. when I came back to her, her breathing was normal and unlabored. A few minutes laterShe had some muscle tone back. Then she opened her eyes. I really hope that she is still with me in the morning. I wanted to post this for 2 reasons
    !,Tea tree oil at full strength is too much for a little bird
    2. hot water bottles can help a bird in shock.
    Thanks for reading!
  2. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

    Dec 19, 2009
    Southwest TN
    Thanks for posting! Close call!!! I hope she's okay!!
  3. Nitcha

    Nitcha New Egg

    Dec 28, 2009
    Brisbane, Australia
    Thanks for posting. Mini coke bottles, what a good idea. I am learning alot from this forum!
  4. magentamomma

    magentamomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2009
    She is doing fine. She is mite and lice free, and drinking ad eating normally. She is also being treated like a princess:lol: It was a close call. i am going to do research on what strength tea tree I could use in the future, because it is what I use on my kids when they have brought lice home. It also acts a s a repellant. I just think that full srrength was too painful to her. I felt so horrible. Like the worst chicken mom ever. My kids think I performed a miracle bringing her back from the almost dead and all. They have conviently forgotton that it was me who almost killed her. I think that keeping them warm would help other chickens with shock though so I am glad I learned something without dire consequenses.
  5. Cornychick

    Cornychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2009
    Sebastian County, AR
    good call on that one

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