rescued chickens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by marritimer, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. marritimer

    marritimer Out Of The Brooder

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    A fellow farmer friend of mine heard about some chickens abandoned alongside of a logging road. They were there for probibly 3 days in 3 feet of snow and below 0 temperatures, no shelter. There were 6, 2 died. She rescued them to her basement. They are eating, but one is wheezing pretty bad, and they smell terrible. What's the best course of action to help these girls? What kind of a person does something like that?
     
  2. kellysmall87

    kellysmall87 Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's so sad! But so glad that your friend has decided to help them out :)[​IMG]

    The best thing to do is put apple cider vinegar or bird tonic into their water, this gives stressed and hurt birds some vitamins and will help the wheezing a bit.

    Next, I would feed them high protein things like mealworm or meat just to keep them fighting through this stressful time.

    Then, you can bath them in warm water if you wish, dry them off completely and keep them in the warm or under a heatlamp until they dry off. Maybe check them over for mites (under wings, round the vent). If they have mites then use DE - food grade diomataceous earth powder - to treat the mites. The food grade DE is also good to sprinkle on the ground of their pens and they will ingest it, to keep away worms and parasites. Also, it will absorb some smell! Sawdust is best to keep smell down, hay soaks up the ammonia and grows mould, leading to all sorts of problems.


    Good Luck xx
     
  3. marritimer

    marritimer Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks alot for the help! We're going to put it into practice right away.
     
  4. kellysmall87

    kellysmall87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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