Flies are definitely going to be a huge concern. They lay maggots in there & it's all over. Sorry to be so forward about that.
How's the mite issue? Good luck and keep up the good work.
I'll try to post some pics after work on Sat. The wound is still so deep - I think there is bone visible. Anyone have experience with this type of situation. It does seem to be smaller, but will it eventually close over? To put anything on it - or paint on it - would have to be something intended as I'm fearful of irritating the wound that may actually be healing slowly.
It's been approx. 45 days since the attack. I am amazed....she started laying last week and has now layed 7 eggs. (1 a day last 3 days!) We don't know how long to wait before consuming the eggs because of the Vetricyn and Neosporin and I've sent emails to both companies....I'm sure Neosporin will be perplexed. Had she never laid another egg I would have been OK with that.
The wound has almost completely closed and today I debraided the area and removed another piece of bone. (think it may be part of her rib) It doesn't seem to bother her except that she does have a limp. I have kept her on my front screened porch to prevent flies and maggots. I don't think it will be much longer until it is completely healed. The feathers have grown back and there is a very small scab area.
I took her outside and allowed her to free-range while I looked on and she joined up with her sisters and quickly regained dominance, grabbing one of the girls that challenged her for a bug. Despite her limp, she appears to be doing great.
I would never have believed this was possible due to the severity of this wound. I will get another picture and post, if I can push the feathers apart enough to see it!
So, for anyone that questions whether they can recover from a wound, don't give up on them.
As for the mites - the Permethryn 10 spray killed the Northern Fowl Mites. I applied where I could and avoided the wound and then reapplied approx. 6 days later. No more creepy crawlies that I can find.
Thanks to everyone for their encouragement and help - you guys helped to save her life!
Although nothing was given orally, I KNOW she must have ingested some of both while preening and the hole was so deep and both were inside her. I've kept the eggs and figured I could at least cook them and feed them to her.....no word from official sources yet.
I just hope that our journey has encouraged someone else.