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Yesterday I rescued a stray chicken from a neighbor’s yard down the street. She looks like she was attacked by a large animal. Most of her neck feathers are missing and she has a V-shaped gash in the front of her neck. I suspect a dog or coyote grabbed her by the neck and she managed to work herself free leaving the predator instead with a mouthful of feathers. So here are my questions:

 

1. What breed do you think she is? She is very dark brown almost black with black legs and a single comb.

2. How old do you think she is? She stands slightly upright, so my though was that she was a pullet that hasn’t begun laying yet. Are there any typical indicators of age on a chicken?

3. How long does it take skin to heal after feathers are ripped out? The bare area around her neck isn’t red or prickly where the feathers were ripped out. The skin looks just like healthy skin, but sans feathers. If I know how long it takes the skin to heal, then maybe I can figure out how long ago she was attacked and therefore how long she has been on the run.

4. Along the same lines as the previous question. How long does it take a wound to heal? The gash on the neck wasn’t openly bleeding at all. It had a nicely setup scab that could move and flex with the rest of the skin. There is some drainage where it is a little infected, but overall not bad considering the extent of the injury. Again, if I can figure out how long it takes that wound to scab over that well – maybe I can figure out how long she’s been a stray. And if I can figure that out, maybe it will help me locate the possible owners.

 

Here’s some pictures of her:

 

 


Edited by gypsymags - 6/2/16 at 11:24am
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Yesterday I rescued a stray chicken from a neighbor’s yard down the street. She looks like she was attacked by a large animal. Most of her neck feathers are missing and she has a V-shaped gash in the front of her neck. I suspect a dog or coyote grabbed her by the neck and she managed to work herself free leaving the predator instead with a mouthful of feathers. So here are my questions:

 

1. What breed do you think she is? She is very dark brown almost black with black legs and a single comb.

                  My guess is a mixed breed, id think ameraucana with the legs but there are no muffs or tufts.

2. How old do you think she is? She stands slightly upright, so my though was that she was a pullet that hasn’t begun laying yet. Are there any typical indicators of age on a chicken?

                   well you can check pelvic points to see how well they are laying, but it only can tell you if it is of laying age, and if not laying then it is probably too young to lay yet

3. How long does it take skin to heal after feathers are ripped out? The bare area around her neck isn’t red or prickly where the feathers were ripped out. The skin looks just like healthy skin, but sans feathers. If I know how long it takes the skin to heal, then maybe I can figure out how long ago she was attacked and therefore how long she has been on the run.

                  usually within days of being plucked pin feathers will start to appear, they may or may  not come back though you can help out by boosting protein.

4. Along the same lines as the previous question. How long does it take a wound to heal? The gash on the neck wasn’t openly bleeding at all. It had a nicely setup scab that could move and flex with the rest of the skin. There is some drainage where it is a little infected, but overall not bad considering the extent of the injury. Again, if I can figure out how long it takes that wound to scan over that well – maybe I can figure out how long she’s been a stray. And if I can figure that out, maybe it will help me locate the possible owners.

                  my roo sliced my hens back open, an inch wide and you could see the muscle underneath she was healed up within 2 weeks. it can scab up within 2 days of the incedent if you look around the scab you can see how wide the scar band is there will be a scar but you can guess how long it has been by seeing how wide the car band around the scab is

Here’s some pictures of her:

 

 

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Just a guess..Buckeye
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Looks like a Black Jersey Giant, maybe a Black Australorp to me but I'm leaning heavily to a Jersey Giant. Definitely not a buckeye. She's doesn't look real old to me, I'd say 10-18 months old. I don't think she is a pullet and I don't think she is two yet. Like Chicklover said, chickens do heal up very quickly and don't usually get infection "if the wound is cleaned well" on their own. I would clean it with peroxide and just keep an eye on her. Also isolate her, other chickens are likely to pick at her wound.

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Looks like a Black Jersey Giant, maybe a Black Australorp to me but I'm leaning heavily to a Jersey Giant. Definitely not a buckeye. She's doesn't look real old to me, I'd say 10-18 months old. I don't think she is a pullet and I don't think she is two yet. Like Chicklover said, chickens do heal up very quickly and don't usually get infection "if the wound is cleaned well" on their own. I would clean it with peroxide and just keep an eye on her. Also isolate her, other chickens are likely to pick at her wound.

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Originally Posted by Gray Farms View Post
 

Looks like a Black Jersey Giant, maybe a Black Australorp to me but I'm leaning heavily to a Jersey Giant. Definitely not a buckeye. She's doesn't look real old to me, I'd say 10-18 months old. I don't think she is a pullet and I don't think she is two yet. Like Chicklover said, chickens do heal up very quickly and don't usually get infection "if the wound is cleaned well" on their own. I would clean it with peroxide and just keep an eye on her. Also isolate her, other chickens are likely to pick at her wound.

agreed

Only thing I would change here is don't use peroxide unless the injury just happened it will eat  both the healthy tissue as well as the damaged, use saline or even just plain water.

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