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!

Please help! Sick silkie....

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tatyanawash, Sep 11, 2014.

  1. tatyanawash

    tatyanawash New Egg

    1
    0
    7
    Sep 11, 2014
    I accidentally left the shade structure off of my silkie pen. When I came home, one of my black silkies was limp and drooling from the mouth. She cannot pick up her head. I took her inside to cool her down. She is breathing (I hear mucus in her nostrils). Does not want to drink water. Has anyone experienced this before? What can I do to help her. Will she be able to recover and move normally again? Thank you.
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    20,561
    1,148
    391
    Jul 24, 2013
    It sounds like she may have experienced heat stroke. Keep her in a cool area. Putting some cool water on her comb, wattles, and feet might also help. If she still seems really hot, give a cool bath. Don't use cold water- just use lukewarm-cool water. Bringing down the temperature too quickly can be dangerous. To get her to drink some water, try dripping some water on her beak. If you have some, putting some electrolytes in the water would also be a good idea, to help re-hydrate her.

    There could be other things wrong, but heat stroke is my first guess.
     
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

    56,739
    11,486
    751
    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
    Drooling and mucus are not good signs... Probably best to keep her in a cool room, but don't get your hopes up.

    -Kathy
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by