FEEL LIKE A BOILED OWL
to be nervously exhausted, as from loss of sleep; to be physically uncomfortable; to be hungover ...1857 Amer. dial.
"..."Bring your mattress on deck, Ned.
You will feel like a boiled owl if you stay below."
From: The Overland Monthly
Volume XXI. (Second Series) March, 1893. No. 123
In the Wilds of Hawaii.