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Unresponding chicken in shock??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sam2002, Nov 23, 2016.

  1. sam2002

    sam2002 New Egg

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    We have six silkies that live in a well-secured coop and run. A dog we were taking care of for a few days busted through the fence (he's a lab) and injured two of our girls. We took the other two to the vet where one was treated with a vitamin to boost her endorphins (for shock) and the other had a puncture wound on her foot and wing bandaged.

    The foot-and-wing wounded chicken can walk very slowly and hops around in the isolation pen we have made her. She has been drinking from a syringe and eating a few grains of food. The unresponsive chicken won't open her eyes all the way, won't cluck, and when I set her down on a hard surface she can't or won't stand up. She did drink out of a syringe but I had to lift her head up as she can't/won't do it herself. It has been almost twelve hours and she's in a box with towels and lies motionless with her head down. She has pooped twice, a little smeared from her position but other than that normal. Have not tried to give food. Any suggestions?
     
  2. reba353

    reba353 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have had one or two hens that went into shock, usually just takes time for them to get over it... I had one that would hardly move for over a day, just keep food and water within pecking distance and keep them seperated from the flock.
     
  3. sam2002

    sam2002 New Egg

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    Thank you, we're hoping that by tomorrow morning she'll be a little more responsive.
     
  4. ambergds

    ambergds Out Of The Brooder

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    I think making her environment as stress free as possible is all you can do.
    I hope she is doing better today!
     
  5. sam2002

    sam2002 New Egg

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    She did lift her head up to drink when I held the bottle near her, but won't drink unless I hold it right into her beak. When will she start drinking on her own again?
     
  6. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It sounds like she is still in shock. Did she have any other injuries?

    Try using a shallow dish to offer her water. If you have them add in some poultry vitamins or give just a small amount of sugar water to see if she will take it. Try your best to keep her hydrated, food is secondary.
     
  7. sam2002

    sam2002 New Egg

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    The vet said she was not injured any more but she has been limping around gingerly on her right foot...
     
  8. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    This is the "unresponsive" chicken that you first posted about?

    If so, that is a good sign that she is moving-even though limping gingerly.

    Keep her separated with her own food/water. If you have them offer some poultry vitamin in the water. Give her some extra protein like egg, tuna, mackerel or meat. An injury to the legs/feet can take a while to heal so give her some time. Make sure she is staying hydrated.

    Let us know how she is doing.
     
  9. sam2002

    sam2002 New Egg

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    She's been perking up and looking like she'll recover soon! Thanks!
     
  10. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Glad to hear!
     

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