Overheated Roo, what to do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by WagarFamilyFarm, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. WagarFamilyFarm

    WagarFamilyFarm In the Brooder

    May 13, 2008
    Nashville, IN

    This is an emergency, we don't want to lose our roo. We just finished our coop last night and I put all the 9 week old girls in it along with the roo.

    I had not let them out yet and it was about 90 degrees outside. The girls were laying on each other. We acted quickly to get them out and place them in shade with plenty of fresh water and a breeze. the roo however was on the bottom of the pile and is limp. He is breathing. we have brought him into the basement and have tried to use a syringe to give him water. At times he perks up but only for a second and goes back to being limp. We have placed a fan on him and cooled him down. is there anything else we can do?

  2. laughingllama75

    laughingllama75 Songster

    Feb 13, 2008
    can you cool him off with ice packs around his body? not directly on him, so as not to burn his skin., also put electolytes in the water you give him. best of luck,
  3. If he is that overheated, I would immediately put him in a tub of cool water...not cold. This will bring his body temperature down quickly. If the water warms up a bit, add some ice to keep it cool. Feed him electrolytes in water...dribble along his beak. He's likely dehydrated and may need you to keep at giving him fluids.
  4. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    I hope very much that he will recover. Poor boy

    This blasted heat.....

    I have 4 fans on my 2 birds. Plus cold fruit at frequent intervals, plus ice in water, plus electrolytes. It's 100 humid (READ: soaking wet] degrees out. Just forced them into the coop to be in a darker cooler environment for the next few hottest hours with all the fans running as it's so bloody hot out. Annie is ticked off at me, but....she's the one that begins panting later in the day and was still panting after 10 p.m. last night when I got home from a meeting, despite fans full blast aimed right at her!

    I'll be thinking about your poor roo and will check back.
  5. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    how is your roo doing?
  6. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    If its way to hot, place milk jugs (for example) fill with ice from your trays , place in your chicken coop adding more ice as needed to keep them cool. Make sure you shade your open windows to allow a breeze with out sun shine and heating up the coop. Also, change your pans of water with fresh cool tap water.
    Mother nature can be cruel. Good luck and hope he turns out well!
  7. WagarFamilyFarm

    WagarFamilyFarm In the Brooder

    May 13, 2008
    Nashville, IN
    He's not doing to well, we've kept him cool and have been providing him with some water via syringe, he has perked up to the point of not being limp but he still is not moving and seems to just sleep. He keeps his eyes closed almost all of the time. It's very sad and disappointing.
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2008
  8. MonkeyZero

    MonkeyZero Songster

    Sep 14, 2007
    Modesto Ca

    Do you have a bathtub?

    Fill it with some cool water and let him stand in about 2-3 in of water(if hes big)


    What i have done with one of my overheated Leghorn roos long ago is to fill the tub half full
    throw in ice pack, and ice cubes, and let him roost.

    I hope you lil roo gets better

  9. sootman

    sootman In the Brooder

    Dec 30, 2007
    Bucks County Pa.
    Why do they lay on top of each other if they are hot?
  10. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    It's a good question - it's possible they got so hot they weren't thinking straight...

    Dribble the electrolyte water mix very slowly along the edge of his beak so he doesn't choke getting it down. Hopefully he's swallowing on his own okay?

    Rooting for your roo big time.

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