I foster animals for our Humane Society. Today received a chicken that fell off a truck on the freeway. We believe she's a layer past her prime and headed for the soup factory, when her trip was interrupted. We only know this: She weighs about 7 pounds ( I'm guessing - she's huge). She had a normal poop this afternoon - no visable blood. She eagerly drank a small amount of water, when I got her, (several hours after her rescue) Afterwards she seemed slightly less of a goner. She has a fair amount of road rash, which sheered feathers off, making a few bleed, but none badly, and she has no open wounds except on her head. I tried to gently look under her feath4ers and see no open wounds or bruising - just you know - the dark meat look in the appropriate places. She has blood on her shoulder but I think it is from tucking her bleeding head in for sleeping. She may have a head injury. She has not opened her eyes. One of them is covered with blood, so she can't. I don't know why she has not opened the other. She has mostly slept since we got her. When she is awake, her head has a tremor - like one would have with Parkinson's. Like it wants to roll off and she keeps jerking it back on. She did respond to water when her beak was dipped in it, and when I picked her up, I slipped my hands under her feet to reduce panic, and she kind of gripped my hand, but weakly. Otherwise she seems almost semi- comatose. No vocalization, no response to anything except being off balance (in the car or when being carried). She has not responded to food offerings ( mash held in my hand; dipped her beak in it). My chicken experience is minimal - I had a turkey (pet) as a child, and I had a pet chicken about 30 years ago, but neither ever got sick or injured. I do have a parrot, who has had a head injury, and I know they have a lot of blood in their sinus cavities. This chicken has blood around her eye and comb. The comb looks swollen, but it may be her breed. I never saw such big feet, even on my turkey tom. I don't see swelling otherwise, but assume there may be some. A former rehabber at the Humane Society recommended a small amount of prednisone to help with swelling. I have an asthmatic cat of about the same weight who is on prednisone, so we decided to try half the dose he takes, to be safe, but still get some in her. Any vets on board who can make a recommendation? Question - should I clean the blood off of her face, so she can open this eye, or leave it to heal for a few days? What we are doing now: Put her in a rubber made tub 1/3 larger than she is - will move her to a same size cat carrier over night. Can make her a larger corral once she improves. We're keeping her warm. Gave her water. Bought pedialyte for her next drink. Bought Rescue Remedy to give her ( I know this will do her good - awesome for rescue stress) I'll rub it on her comb. Bought her crushed corn and some bird seed that has something calming for stress in it. Keeping her in a quiet place and checking on her frequently. Poor thing has NO callouses on her feet. They are like brand new baby feet. She's never set foot on a natural surface. No telling what kind of rotten life she has had. Advice? Thanks in advance. BTW, we named her Ms Bibby. She is the second chicken truck rescue the HS has taken in this month :-(.