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Help for Injury and shock after fox attack.

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
A fox decided our six hens would make a good Christmas buffet. One is missing, three are fine, one has lots of missing feathers and a few puncture wounds and one has open wounds under her wings and appears to be in shock.

I cleaned the two with injuries with hydrogen peroxide using a surgeon and applied antibiotic ointment. Lulu, the buff with the open tears is isolated and in a warm area but in shock. Initially she ate a bit but haven't seen here eat or drink in a few hours. I've added electrolytes and vitamins to water.

Will get antibiotics tomorrow. Anything else to help her or Rocky,
the one with minor injuries. I left her in the run/coop. She seems fine...eating, drinking, jumping on roost and calling for her buddies.

Here's Lulu's wounds.



Thank you for any suggestions and happy holidays.
post #2 of 5

Vetericyn is very good to use daily to disinfect the wounds, but if you can't get that, I would use plain Neosporin ointment on the wounds until they start to heal. Most of the time antibiotics aren't needed if the wounds are open and kept clean. The ones the feed stores carry aren't a lot of good for wounds, but the Vetericyn spray is good. BluKote is good to use after her wounds have started to heal, when you want to place her back with her flock, so they wound peck her wounds. It is blue and contains gentian violet to hide the red, while being antiseptic.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thank you. I will get some vetericyn tomorrow. I have blu-kote and will use that when it begins to heal. Thank you for your suggestions.
post #4 of 5

You're welcome. Please post with an update on her condition or if you need anything. Others may chime in.

post #5 of 5
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So far so good. There's no sign of infection. She's laying low and quiet. Not eating as much as normal but she's drinking and enjoying some scrambled eggs, berries and meal worms. Poop looks normal.

Thank you again for the advice.
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