OK, I'm getting conflicting advice, so just seeking another opinion. My hen was caught in a slamming door blown by the wind, and while trapped was attacked by our peahens. Her worst injuries are actually from the attack, rather than from the door. They pulled all the feathers off her head, and pecked her face and eyes. Her head is still oozing bloody serum on this, the second day. I've been applying saline and polybac ointment to her eyes, and it does help a lot, but it's hard to get her still enough to put it on the way it should be. Her eye did open for a bit this afternoon, but both were swollen shut again this evening. We put the ointment on again right before she went to sleep, so hopefully it will stay on in the night and have more effect. WE've been using Veterycin on her poor sore head.
I got one syringe of antibiotic from the vet, but he did not see her, neither did he talk to me, his office passed on a message to him and he suggested the injection of Baytril. But it's just one injection, and I've been told by others that it needs to be several injections over a period of days. Probably true, but I think the vet was thinking the injection would jump start her and help her to get her eyes open, and then I could continue with Baytril orally if needed. I do have Baytril tablets. The Vet is out of town now til mid next week, so I can't ask him. There's always the concern about underuse of antibiotics causing resistance in future cases.
I've also been told she probably doesn't need the Baytril injection or any internal antibiotic, but I don't know about that. Her eyes look very bad to me.
I'm also concerned that she cannot see to eat or drink. I THINK I saw her grab a drink of water earlier today, but could not be sure. Her head is so raw and sore, it would be difficult to tube feed her, plus, I am sure she is sore from the door too and I don't want to make her worse by a lot of struggling.
Someone else said I should be washing her wounds and eyes, but again I disagree. I think the Veterycin is designed to take the place of washing, and again, washing would be stressful and probably painful for the hen, who is not particularly a quiet tame bird.Her feathers are not matted with blood, and she does not have any crustiness on her eyes, probably due to us washing them with saline, and the ointment. So I don't see the point of washing with soap or anything else?
This evening she was turning her head towards us as we worked with her dressing her wounds,as if she could partiallly see, and was trying to bite, which is an improvement from this morning, when she wasn't doing anything.
This is the first bird we've ever had with a major injury, so I'm anxious about it. So here's my questions.
Wash or not wash? Should I use something other than or in addition to Veterycin on her head? Someone suggested a Styptic pencil, but she's not really bleeding it's just serum. Antibiotic injection or not? And should I follow up with additional antibiotics?