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Skin on Chicken turning greenish blue after attack

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Four Nights ago, a opossum got in my coop and got at two of my chickens. Fortunately he was only in there a short time as I happen to hear them clucking at about 11:00. The buff orpington had a good attack on her leg and lost a lot of feathers and had a cut.  I noticed the last two days her skin on the leg is turning greenish blue.  She still walks on it fine and is eating well.  Is it infected?  Do I need to get antibiotics or is it a lost cause?  Thanks.

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Hi! So sorry that happened. Good that she's not limping! I would feel for heat, compared to the other leg and swelling. You could soak it and use vetracin or  blue cote antiseptic. Hope she heals right up for you.

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Walk gently on this earth. Do no harm. Laugh a lot at yourself. Be kind even when it's  hard.
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Your description of the wound sounds like gangrene has set in, which is a local death of soft tissues due to loss of blood supply. Probably also infection from the bacteria in the opossum's mouth. Try anitbiotics and topical cremes. Hope it gets better.
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Sean in TX Raising/breeding: Red golden, Yellow golden, Lady Amherst, Elliot, Bianchi, Versicolor, Reeves, Ijima Copper, Green melanistic, Kansas ring-necked, Kirghiz(Mongolian), Southern Caucasus(Black necked), Corsica Red Legged partridge, Greater prairie chickens, Blue quail, Gamble quail.
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Thanks. I'll give it a try.

post #5 of 7

Could just be bruising.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #6 of 7

probably just bruising.  chicken bruises can be pretty nasty looking, bright green and blue.  As long as the open would is dry and scabbed over, she should be healing fine.

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Thanks for the advise. A little antibiotic cream on the leg and it has cleared up to normal color! Now for the feathers to grow back. smile.png
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