Please help! Sick silkie....

tatyanawash

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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.
 

Wyandottes7

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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.
 

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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.
Drooling and mucus are not good signs... Probably best to keep her in a cool room, but don't get your hopes up.

-Kathy
 

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