Possible Heat Stroke?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Sachasmom, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. Sachasmom

    Sachasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It was really hot here today, 90 plus. I had a couple chickens go down from my Ameracauna pen, I have a few broodies in there, and when I checked on them at 1, some of them were all trying to use the same nest. I commented to them that they were going to kill themselves...

    I went out about 5 to feed and two of them were down. They're both still alive, I cooled them off, brought them inside where it was cool. I gave them both Nutridrops and fluids. They really haven't perked back up at all, and neither will drink on their own.

    I am puzzled because one has her head all twisted upside down? Would heat stroke do THAT? They were fine and healthy up til now, no other signs of disease.

    Any ideas why the one twisted like that? Brain damage? The rest of the pen was fine, just these two hens. I'm really hoping I can save the other one, since its my best typed split black hen, but should I put the other down just to be safe?
     
  2. Qi Chicken

    Qi Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2009
    The one with the twisted neck may have wry neck? I think usually vitamins are recommended for that. I don't know much about chicken diseases but they can sometimes amaze you with their recuperative powers. I would hold off on culling if at all possible. Look up wry neck and see if it fits, could be something brought on by dehydration? Good luck to you and your hens.
     
  3. Sachasmom

    Sachasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, I'll go look that up. Would that come on so quickly though, like in three hours?

    I can go take a pic if that would help anyone... I can't even straighten her neck out at all, I'm having issues getting fluids down her.

    They're both still alive this am, I was sure the one would not make it thru the nite. Its going to be just as hot today today, bleh.
     

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