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RIR Hen Panting, Can't Walk/Stand for Long

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JackieK318, Aug 2, 2007.

  1. JackieK318

    JackieK318 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I came home this evening to everyone panting. My RIR hen was on the ground. She was panting the worst and couldn't stand for very long. She will stand, but sometimes balance herself with her wing. I brought her in and let her cool down. I offered her some feed and water. I had to dip her beak in the water, but she went nuts over the feed and ate hardily. She seems to be 'double swallowing' when she eats as well. Doesn't feel like anything is stuck in her crop. She still isn't standing too well. What do you think this could be? Heat stroke? An effect from the Sulmet treatment just finished? I just want to know if I should be doing something for her. Thanks!
     
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  2. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    Maybe she was just close to a heat stroke. Hopefully she gets better. I'd keep her sool and keep a close eye on her. Sorry I'm not much help.
     
  3. Chickenlover88

    Chickenlover88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do your chickens have a shady spot to go to in the heat? It sounds like heat stroke. Put her in a cool place and make sure to offer lots of water and she will probably be fine.
     
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I would agree, it could be heatstroke. They over heat very easily. Maybe some iced water bottles would be good for them.
     
  5. JackieK318

    JackieK318 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I took her out again and she's eating while standing up. I just fed her some water with a dropper. I don't want to over do it with the water. How much water can chickens have each hour (she's around 10 weeks)?

    They do hang in the shade during the day, but I think I'll run a fan out for them starting tomorrow morning. Thanks for responding everyone! Now I at least have an idea of what I could be dealing with. Now if I could just get the dumb rooster to stop courting this poor sick girl...persistent buggers, aren't they!
     
  6. JackieK318

    JackieK318 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went downstairs this morning to check on the hen and she's upsidedown in the pet carrier. I flipper her over and gave her some water. She ate her food on her own. Could she be without good use of her legs permanently ?
     
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I would keep her in for a few more days and see if she doesn't get any better. It could be possible that she could have lost the use of her legs though. Depends how bad the heat stroke was and what got damaged.
     
  8. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    The simple act of panting (which birds must do to cool themselves off ) in excess will create an imbalance in their electrolytes... in order to correct this you need to add electrolytes to the waterer ...ask for this at your feed store... until you can get proper electrolytes then gatorade will do in a pinch but in hot weather when the birds are having to pant almost constantly to cool off then adding electrolytes to their water is needed to manage the problem... see this thread for some more info on heat stress electrolyte balance in your birds :
    http://p072.ezboard.com/fbackyardchickensfrm1.showMessage?topicID=22798.topic
     

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