I need help. I have a chicken that was attacked by an 4 foot owl. She survived but had head/neck injuries that initially looked limited to skin but she did have a hoarse cluck the first 2 days.
The initial injury was 2.5 weeks ago. 3 days ago she started to foam at the mouth. I can feed her a little by hand and she will take some water but then stops.
I need to know:
1. how to examine the crop and what to look for.
2. what to do if I find anything.
3. could this be a pneumonia? I also thought about traumatic injury to the crop? I will have to brush up on my chicken anatomy.
4. can you give antibiotics to chickens? if so which ones?
Her wounds are healing nicely. She is back in with the other hens and it is going ok. There is one bossy hen that I have to keep watching.
They live in a pen but they get let out to free range almost everyday. We try to be careful with free ranging due to the hawks, large owls and coyotes near our farm.
I have also been supplementing water with vitamins/electrolytes and probiotics.
I would greatly appreciate any help. I have worked so hard to get her to recover and now this has started. UGH!!!! I know there are a lot of questions. Thank you so much for your advice.