Rooster exposed to weather. Need advice

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kellim, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. kellim

    kellim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know that this is the wrong area to post about this, but I am freaking out. Please help!!!
    We just got a new pair of about a year old silver seabright ( I think I said that right) today. Well, dumb me put them in a small pen inside out big run. Well it rained and of course I sat then under one of the roof drain holes. Well the hen is okay but the roo is having a hard time. He is making noises when he is breathing and having a hard time staying awake. Please help! What do I do?????????????


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  2. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

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    Have you brought him in and keeping him warm? Was trying to search but haven't found anything yet.
     
  3. chiknwhisperer

    chiknwhisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Heating pad and light? Rub down with towel.
     
  4. kellim

    kellim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, here is what I have done up to this point. When I found them he was barely alive. I brought them in and put them in the bathroom, in the bathtub which is actually the warmest room in my house. I tried a heat lamp but it wasn't getting warm enough so I went and borrowed a portable heater, one of those little ones, and set it outside the cage. I scrambled them an egg but they don't seem to be interested in it. They are nibbling at the food and now he is getting a little more active though it looks like he is falling asleep standing up? He will doze off and then cluck and wake himself up. If he happens to not wake himself up I wake him up. I am not sure if it is okay to let him fall asleep or not?
     
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Moved to Emergences. Best thing you can do is keep them warm and try to get them to eat every few hours. Vitamins and electrolites in their water may help. Hope they can pull through.
     
  6. kellim

    kellim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much silkiechicken. I was so desperate when i posted I didn't know where to post. Guess that's what I get for being new! Thanks so much to everyone. He seems to be doing a little better, he currently has an attitude problem along with everything else and is picking on his hen. Go figure lol. I turned the bathroom light out and have a space heater on them for heat, though it is on low. I will update more as things unfold. Hopefully this is the only time this ever happens to me! I feel so bad. [​IMG]
     
  7. dlhunicorn

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    How is your rooster today?
     
  8. kellim

    kellim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for asking. He made it through the night. He is standing up but keeps closing his eyes and breathing pretty hard through his beak. He keeps coughing and sometimes when he breathes it sounds like it is making noise. I just hope he makes it. I feel so bad that he got left out in the rain!
     
  9. Aneesa's Muse

    Aneesa's Muse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm glad he made it through the night for you! I hope he pulls through and has a full recovery!

    Don't be too hard on yourself ...we all goof things up from time to time.. it's part of being human [​IMG]
     
  10. kellim

    kellim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just an update. We called our TSC store and one of the ladies (chicken obsessed woman too I guess lol) there told us to buy Terramiacin and make it into a paste and put 1/2 cc on their tongue every 2 hours til we noticed an improvement. Apparantly when it rained last night and he almost drowned it has now caused the beginning of Pneumonia. She said that this should help. I will update more as things happen. Oh, we also treated the female as she has began having a cough too. She actually knew the guy we got the chickens from and they have been vaccinated and all when they were little and were perfectly healthy until this. So, here's hoping I have really good news in a few hours.....
     

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