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Hi all,

 

I looked thru several threads with similar issues to mine, but I want to make sure I'm covering all my bases.

 

My hen was attacked by my dog 2 days ago. Initially I thought she would die, but she hasn't. She is drinking water and eating a little. She definitely has an badly injured leg, as she isn't moving around much at all. She can limp a bit. She can stand. 

 

It is possible she has worse injuries, but only time will tell.

 

NEED ADVICE:

Should I do anything other than keep her comfortable with fresh water and soft food nearby?

Do I need to worry about her eggs? I doubt she could lay right now -- will that kill her? Should I put her in a bath?

Anything else?

 

thanks

Jennie

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Jennie, does she have any open wounds?  If she does, you should probably put her on a course of antibiotics so that any infection is dealt with.  I had a hen that injured her leg someone several months ago; I separated her into a smallish dog crate so she couldn't exacerbate the injury.  She ended up staying in that crate for 8 weeks.  The first 4, I took her out only to change the bedding.  After that, I allowed her into a small chicken run (4' x 8') to stretch her wings & see how she was doing . She was still limping, but I watched her closely to make sure she wasn't running around.  Another 8 full weeks of her staying in that dog crate and getting about an hour a day out in the small run, and then I began putting her in the run for half a day (for a week), now all day - she's been alone, all day, in this small run, now for a few weeks and is doing quite well.  I'll wait another week just to be sure, but my hen is hopping in & out of the nestbox & up to the roost, so I think she's almost ready to go back to general population.  I'm quite sure she had a broken bone, and those take weeks to heal.  The slower, the better, in my opinion.

 

Your hen won't lay if she is stressed, but I wouldn't worry about that now.  If she lays, she lays.  If not, don't worry about it.  You need to get her healed up first & foremost.

 

I wouldn't do anything to stress her (like give a bath) at all.  She needs to remain quiet.

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~Courage is fear that has said its prayers.~

 

SPECIALIZING IN:  Jersey Giants.  Black Copper Marans. Blue Marans. Silver Penciled Plymouth Rocks.  

Click to view my website.

Just for fun:  First & second generation "olive eggers," and a few ducks - Welsh Harlequin, Black Swedish, Black Runner.

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post #3 of 6
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thanks for quick response Wynette.

 

I did not see any open wounds. I think the dog basically "crunched her" once before I got to her :( I have not ruled out internal injuries as she was "gurgling" and dripping clear liquid out of her beak after the attack. She "vomited" totally clear liquid a couple of times when I moved her later that night. No blood at all though. 

 

I couldn't believe she made it thru the night.  I just got to thinking about her eggs and if she was busted up and not able to lay with eggs in the hopper... I just want her to not be in agony.

 

She is an "only chicken". So I don't need to worry about any other bothering her. She, herself, is not moving, but if she does, I will put her in a dog crate.

 

As long as you say I don't need to worry about the eggs, I won't. I'll keep you posted on her progress.

 

Thanks again, so much.

post #4 of 6
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Lil Red Update: 

She is still alive and doing better. Eating more. More alert, More "normal". Making her chicken noises.

 

I have not restricted her to a kennel and I'm conflicted about that because I don't want to make her injury worse. I'm just keeping a close eye on her. She is actually she is starting to move around a bit now and watching her, it's looking like it might be isolated to a broken leg, but possibly higher up, given her improvement in other vital signs.

 

I don't know if I have the staying power to put her in a little dog kennel for the last nice days of a MN summer. :(  I'm bad at tough love.

post #5 of 6
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Another update: She is doing great! No eggs yet, but she is perky and seems very "normal" other than limp. Chickens are so much tougher than you think. 

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Thank you for posting the updates on your hen, and I'm glad she seems to have healed!  Your updates are very helpful for people who find themselves in similar situations--I had a pullet attacked by a dog this afternoon, so I'm looking for everything I can find.  She has a wound on her back, but I'm more concerned about possible internal injuries, since her legs look fine but she has kind of a drunk looking walk, and she's not eating yet.  I'm glad your hen turned out ok!  

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