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hen with multiple injuries

post #1 of 5
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This is horrible, but it was very windy yesterday in the late afternoon. We had our barn door propped as we alwaysdo, but the wind blew the door shut and trapped our hen Shorty's leg in the door. My son found her that way, lying outside, and our peahens had been attacking her. She's a mess, both her eyes are swollen shut, her head is all bloody from them attacking her, but she does not have any deep lacerations. We don't think her leg is broken as she is able to stand. However, she can't see to eat, and does not seem to be interested in food, though she did eat last night when my son first put her in the hospital pen. We rinsed her eyes and face with sterile saline, and applied Neomycin/ Polymycin eye gel, and Neosporin for her head abrasions, and I finally found my Veterycin spray, so I can use that.

My concerns are: She can't see to eat or drink, although I noticed some reduction in her eye swelling shortly after I applied the ointment.

Should I try to give her a shot of injectable Penicillin, for her very swollen eyes, or just wait and see how the ointment does?

Will the Veterycin spray hurt her eyes if it gets in her eyes?

Why in the world are my peahens so bound and determined to hurt her??? She's an Ameracauna/ Silkie mix. They are always harassing her, and our other Ameracauna hen. What is the deal with that????? Because they look different than the others??
Edited by chicknmania - 10/2/15 at 8:04am
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post #2 of 5
Bigger birds tend to pick on and bully smaller birds. Its unfortunate that it has to be this way but its how they operate. Smaller birds are the lowest guy in the pecking order and if they dont conform to how those peas expect them to behave it becomes a problem. I've got all my minis (bantams) seperated. My marans especially don't care for cocky little critters. They are excellent with my children tho.
As for the leg, keep an eye on it for swelling, any changes...if you wrap it you can't see it to monitor it so i would advise against that.
Vetericyn's site says it's safe to use around eyes, mouth...
Edited by NatureChica - 10/2/15 at 8:13am
post #3 of 5
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Yes, but they don't bother our other smaller birds! It's just those two! I can only assume it's because they have the puffy cheek feathers, and the peahens think they look funny. Bird logic......hmm.png

I called my vet and they will have a shot of Baytril ready for me, which he recommended. I would assume that's enough at least for a while, but if her eyes open should I continue Baytril (I have tablet form) in her food? I am really more worried about her eyes than her leg...her leg is sore, but thankfully I think it is just bruised.
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post #4 of 5
Yeah..bird logic is a bizarre thing. A jealous bird is a bird to avoid. Sounds like they're jealous of those two...
Sounds like you and the vet are on top of things. :-)
post #5 of 5
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Peter Brown the chicken doctor says to hold off a bit on the antibiotic shot, he worries about antibiotic overuse. She's doing a little better. The ointment is helping and her eyes are open a bit. She has a heat light and so she's feeling a little better right now.
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