This morning I went to let the chickens out of the coop and noticed poor Matilda did not make it back in to the coop before curfew. The chickens were locked up just after dark, and none of the chickens were out wandering the chicken run so I’m not sure where Matilda was.
As I was turning to open the door to the coop I almost tripped over a near lifeless chicken on the ground. I’m not sure if she flew out of the coop at some point during the day, then came back really late to find the door locked up tight for the night or what, but the poor thing spent the night outside where the temperatures hovered around 35 degrees.
We hurried her in to the garage and placed her in the stock tank with the baby chicks where she is resting under a warming light right now. She won’t open her eyes by she is alive. The local vet does not treat chickens.
This have never happened to us before, and I’m not sure what else to do.
Does anyone know?