Hello everyone! While lurking in the shadows and gaining a lot of knowledge from the forums here, I have a question of my own and have become a member now. Howdy from Texas!
We have 3 pullets and a couple of duckling, roughly a month old, that we've been raising in the coop. We built a temporary run out of an old hog pen for them to practice free ranging during the day before we let them out with the others. (Only have one roo and two hens left after a disappointing predator run).
Our ranchmate put the babies in the run yesterday morning for the day and left town, knowing that we would be coming back in the afternoon. We discovered one of the pullets on the outside of the run and injured. Not sure how, but upon further inspection, my best guess is that she wasn't attacked by any of the others, but likely tore herself up frantically trying to get back into the run with her buddies. Her face is a mess and it looks like she might have caught one of her eyes on the chicken wire. The eye, and even the pullet, may not make it. In addition, there was tissue coming out of her mouth that had to be removed. I can find no other injuries.
In reading here, I saw suggestions of how to treat a wound...HP, iodine, saline and neosporin. Since the biggest wound is literally her eyeball, I am not comfortable putting either iodine, neosporin or peroxide there. I have rinsed her thoroughly with saline and removed damaged skin and feathers. I tried putting saline in her mouth, but she started to drink it, so I quit. She is now resting in a box near my desk, but is not terribly responsive, won't drink or eat. I
Any suggestions? The vets out here in the country literally laugh at you if you bring a chicken in. We were set to pick up another dozen pullets today, but will be keeping her in the house. Thanks for any help you might be able to give me. Poor thing...