A week a go a mink got into the hen house at night, killed 2 hens and completely removed all the skin on the back of the roosters neck.I didn't think he was going to make it at first as he was standing there with his head on the ground. I rinsed his neck off and decided to give him a day or two to see how he was. He seemed to be hanging in there so I thought I would let him be and hope for the best. After 2 days I realized he wasn't eating or drinking so I started giving him water and beef broth with a syringe several times a day and then food. I had to open his beak and put the food into his mouth, which he then was able to swallow.I have been doing this for 4 days now and he seems to be improving overall but I don't know why he isn't eating and drinking on his own.Obviously I can't continue to feed him for the rest of his days. The neck is hard and dry and black. I wonder if its too stiff for him to bend it to feed but even when i hold the food right up to his beak he doesn't try to get it. We have come this far and I will continue to do whats needed if it will work. Any suggestions?
Edited by suedet - 2/3/16 at 7:46pm