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Rooster attacks newish chicken

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Hello everyone,

Just joined BYC but have been reading for a few years.

I incubated chicks this winter and introduced them to the 4 hens and one Silkie rooster by the book. Seemed to be doing okay, although the rooster was and still is aggressive toward them.

I went in three days ago and the smallest of the chickens, an adorable Swedish Hedemora was dragging one leg, the rooster hovering over her.

When I picked her up there was a quarter size gash in on her upper leg, very deep with lots of tissue attached to the flap of skin. I brought her in and treated with Hydrogen Peroxide, iodine and Neosporin. 

She was in shock for awhile and the smell is not good.

She has been eating and drinking but when I changed her bedding today, the leg is now drawn up frozen against her body and is shrunken. Looks like a dead leg. I treated again.

Is there any way a leg can recover? I am so sad.

Thank you for your help.

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Hello everyone,

Just joined BYC but have been reading for a few years.

I incubated chicks this winter and introduced them to the 4 hens and one Silkie rooster by the book. Seemed to be doing okay, although the rooster was and still is aggressive toward them.

I went in three days ago and the smallest of the chickens, an adorable Swedish Hedemora was dragging one leg, the rooster hovering over her.

When I picked her up there was a quarter size gash in on her upper leg, very deep with lots of tissue attached to the flap of skin. I brought her in and treated with Hydrogen Peroxide, iodine and Neosporin. 

She was in shock for awhile and the smell is not good.

She has been eating and drinking but when I changed her bedding today, the leg is now drawn up frozen against her body and is shrunken. Looks like a dead leg. I treated again.

Is there any way a leg can recover? I am so sad.

Thank you for your help.

Can you take her to a vet?

A wound that has developed an odor is infected and you will need to treat with antibiotics. The vet would be able to access the damage and determine whether the leg can recover or not.

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