I have a two year old hen that was attacked by a dog on Monday at dusk. She has some major gashes and puncture wounds. I've cleaned the wounds and packed them with nustock (a sulphur and tar oil salve). The dog carried her in his mouth, and i do not know if she has any internal injuries in addition to the deep wounds.
She stands, doesn't move much at all and very very slowly when she does, talks a little, and is drinking (electrolytes). She is not eating, although I was able to coax her into taking a few bites of a scrambled egg, one bite of a tiny shred of turkey yesterday. THis morning at dawn, I uncovered her cage and she drank more, but would not take egg, dry oatmeal, wet oatmeal, or yogurt. She drank plenty of water, and had a very watery poop with some solids.
I would like to tempt her to eat a little more. She is not a tame hen, although she might be by the time she has recovered.
I am considering pulling her out for a closer exam to ensure I didn't miss any wounds, but also do not want to stress her more.
Any suggestions? No sign of infection yet.