Urgent!!! Heatstroke!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChristieB, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. ChristieB

    ChristieB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The shade blew off my temp run today and left my hens in complete Aussie summer midday sun for I don't know how long. As soon as I saw I brought them in. 3 are ok now, still have beaks open panting but are alert have had water and walking around but my Wyandotte is out to it, she had her eyes open when I first picked her up, I dribbled some water over her beak which she drank but since then she's been unconscious. I have her inside now where it's cooler (but not in direct line of air conditioning) so I can keep an eye on her, is there anything else I can do immediately? I know with dogs you would put them under running water, can I do that with a bird? She's the eldest of all my chooks but still in her first year
     
  2. ChristieB

    ChristieB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's been half an hour since I brought her inside, an hour since I got them out of the sun, she's still unconscious
     
  3. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    I wish I could help!! I'm not really sure what else you can do either... :(
    I don't think putting her in running water is a good idea though, chooks are more susceptible to shock than dogs are. Maybe put a cool, wet washcloth on the bottoms of her feet? And maybe dab around her neck/head area? I'm just guessing, I am so sorry!!!
     
  4. cutenmchick

    cutenmchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello...What I did for my chickens this past summer when I was in a similar situation, in addition to administering water, I used a very wet, dripping wet, wash cloth, just regular tap water, not hot or cold, just the temp it comes out of the faucet. I kept wiping the bird's feet. The fleshy part and the tops. I also wiped their heads, above the eyes and beak.

    I don't know if that helped my birds as much as it helped me feel like I was doing something.

    Good luck.

    p.s., my birds made it OK.

    I'm sorry she didn't make it. non-bird people told me once "it's just a chicken. you eat them don't you?" they just didn't understand. Aren't you glad you have support here?
    ...so sorry for you.
     
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  5. ChristieB

    ChristieB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think she's gone, she had 3 big tremors then she stopped and all colour has gone from her comb and wattle, heart broken :(
    wish I'd checked them sooner I would have known they were in the sun.
    One more week till quarantine is over and the newbies can join them
     
  6. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    Oh, I am so very sorry!!! :( :(
    Unfortunately, accidents do happen. Please do not blame yourself, you tried to help the best you could once you saw what happened.
    Truly sorry for your loss... **hugs**
     

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