hen with multiple puncture wounds, deep enough to insert finger up to knuckle. wounds were rinsed, and nustock (sulphur and pine tar oil ointment) was applied, poured into puncture wounds). I have checked skin temp next to some of the wounds and there is no heat from infection.
She is doing ok, still not back to normal eating but appetite is improving. She is in a wire cage in the coop with supportive heat from heat panel (its in the 20's here). very talkative. moves slowly. stretches wings, grooms (still in molt). wings hang funny from her shoulders because of puncture wounds underneath, almost armpit location.
one wound appears to be draining a bit based on appearance of feathers. this is day 17 of attack.
She really freaks about being handled. In almost 15 years of chicken keeping, I would say she is in the top 3 as far as hating being picked up or restrained. she does a mjaor major flip out and puts everything into escape.
I am undecided about whether to try to bathe her and get a closer look at wounds. She will definitely open up wounds from struggling and may reinjure whatever soft tissue/muscle injuries she has going on.
Anyone with experience in deep puncture wounds want to weigh in? I don't believe there is an active infection based on smell, and I can't see any drainage, feathers just have that look though. question is, better to leave her be or to intervene?