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Hawk Attack surviver

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Hi Everyone,

I need a little advice. Yesterday morning a hawk grabbed my black crested polish bantam, but dropped her as I yelled at her from my window. Yesterday we put her in an isolated sick bin, & I've been able to get her to drink water (with electrolytes & aspirin) from a teaspoon.

Let me give you a complete description of her condition as of yesterday: after about 2 hours she opened her eyes, but she couldn't hold her head up. I called my vet & although he's not an avian vet he told me that she has probably suffered head trauma & that in 24-48 she may be able to hold her head up. I've been keeping her in a dark quiet room with a towel wrapped around her to keep her warm. I sprayed her head wound with Vetericyn & from what I can see (which is difficult since her feathers are black) it doesn't look too bad. 

Today: One of her eyes is closed with mucus, but I'm still able to get her to drink from a teaspoon. She hasn't eaten yet & didn't eat anything yesterday since the attack happened the morning before. I've already flushed her wound again with vetericyn, but am worried about her weakened state. She cannot stand & although her head seems to be slightly better than yesterday she still cannot hold it up. I've brought with me some cooked plain oatmeal, but I don't know how to get her to eat it.

Attached is a picture of her from yesterday. 

If anyone can help I'd greatly appreciate it. Is it okay for her to go 2 days w/out eating?

post #2 of 7

Might want to think about tube feeding her. Can your vet give you a catheter in the right size? If you go that route and need to pick up a catheter from the vets office I would probably buy a can of science diet a/d at the same time.

 

I am sure casportpony has posted instructions (or would tell you how).

 

If it is a head injury then it could be from swelling and if you can keep her alive perhaps the swelling will go down and she will recooperate. 

 

Also if she is still drinking from a teaspoon maybe puree some raw egg with water and add a bit of suger and perhaps she will drink that?


Edited by Sonya9 - 11/7/15 at 8:10am
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Well I pureed a hard boiled egg with some of her medicated water and got her to drink just a teeny tiny amount. I'll keep trying to get her to eat more in between her resting breaks.
 

post #4 of 7

Might want to add some sugar to it especially if the meds make it taste bitter (yes I do taste test it to make sure).

 

Plus the sugar gives her energy.

 

If she doesn't start eating by tomorrow I would seriously consider tube feeding her, she will die from lack of nutrients/dehydration otherwise. If she has brain swelling or bleeding and it hasn't killed her so far it could go way down and let her recover if she keeps her strength up.


Edited by Sonya9 - 11/7/15 at 11:57am
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I will add sugar to it once I get home, she's in my office with me today. 
Is there a website that teaches how to tube/force feed a chicken? I'm so scared that I'd accidentally kill her if I tried. 

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Originally Posted by bannygirl View Post
 

I will add sugar to it once I get home, she's in my office with me today. 
Is there a website that teaches how to tube/force feed a chicken? I'm so scared that I'd accidentally kill her if I tried. 

 

 

Yeah I would be nervous too. I never tube fed a chicken but I did tube feed puppies years ago, if ya get it down the wrong pipe it goes into their lungs and kills them. See link below, also it seems like if you can buy the right size catheter the chances of getting it down the windpipe accidentally are greatly reduced.

 

Here is a thread that tells you how. If you have questions I would PM casportpony, she is an expert on this and she is very helpful.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/805615/my-crop-tube-feeding-journey-with-my-bird-pics-for-visuals-very-detailed-post


Edited by Sonya9 - 11/7/15 at 12:27pm
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I added sugar to it & she only took a couple drinks of it, but when I got home I tried to feed her vanilla yogurt & she actually ate much more. It gives me a bit of hope. I'll keep you updated!

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