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A fox got one of my chickens and went for a second one, but I was able to chase it off. The fox still managed to bite my silver lace before I chased him off. I have kept my injured bird in the house the past couple nights and now she won't eat, barely drinks, and is just laying in a box wacking her beak off of the box.

Is she acting despondent because she is separated from the rest of her flock, from the stress of the attack, or is there possibly a more serious injury that I have not observed?

Any opinions and thoughts are welcomed and appreciated!! Thank you
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If she was bitten, infection is the biggest problem she is facing. Of course she is stressed out but you need to check the site of the bite and look for inflammation. Puncture wounds like that could have cause more than a superficial hole. Without more info it is hard to be more helpful to you. Best wishes.

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Our flock as it roosts:

21 Black Jersey Giant Chicks ((20 Females 1 male))

1 Black Cochin ((Free Exotic from MMM whom we adore, gender unknown))

2 Red Sex Link Hens ((Britta and Adventure Chicken))

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~Chicken Philosopher~

Our flock as it roosts:

21 Black Jersey Giant Chicks ((20 Females 1 male))

1 Black Cochin ((Free Exotic from MMM whom we adore, gender unknown))

2 Red Sex Link Hens ((Britta and Adventure Chicken))

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She has no inflammation and I cleaned the wounds with peroxide and put neosporin on them. She hopped out of the box yesterday and was eating and drinking on her own a little but now today I tried to bring her back to the coop and she wouldn't stand up so I brought her back in and she has just laid there only drinking if I put it right up to her mouth and just turns away from food.
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A fox got one of my chickens and went for a second one, but I was able to chase it off. The fox still managed to bite my silver lace before I chased him off. I have kept my injured bird in the house the past couple nights and now she won't eat, barely drinks, and is just laying in a box wacking her beak off of the box.

Is she acting despondent because she is separated from the rest of her flock, from the stress of the attack, or is there possibly a more serious injury that I have not observed?

Any opinions and thoughts are welcomed and appreciated!! Thank you
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Originally Posted by jennybell30 View Post

She has no inflammation and I cleaned the wounds with peroxide and put neosporin on them. She hopped out of the box yesterday and was eating and drinking on her own a little but now today I tried to bring her back to the coop and she wouldn't stand up so I brought her back in and she has just laid there only drinking if I put it right up to her mouth and just turns away from food.

Welcome to BYC.

 

Can you post some photos?

Where exactly are her wounds?

What do you mean she is wacking her beak of the box?

 

She may have some type of head injury or an internal crushing injury.

 

Keep her hydrated, adding some poultry vitamins to her water if you have them.  If she continues to refuse to eat, then you may need to try to tube feed her.  Shock and injury can take a while to get over, so do the best you can.

 

Watch for any signs of infection like pus, oozing or odors.

 

Here's some info on tube feeding:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/805728/go-team-tube-feeding  (photo instructions starts at post#15)


Edited by Wyorp Rock - 12/13/16 at 8:27pm
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Originally Posted by jennybell30 View Post

A fox got one of my chickens and went for a second one, but I was able to chase it off. The fox still managed to bite my silver lace before I chased him off. I have kept my injured bird in the house the past couple nights and now she won't eat, barely drinks, and is just laying in a box wacking her beak off of the box.

Is she acting despondent because she is separated from the rest of her flock, from the stress of the attack, or is there possibly a more serious injury that I have not observed?

Any opinions and thoughts are welcomed and appreciated!! Thank you

I have had more than one chicken survive dog and fox attacks. I use blu-kote to cover wound. It is a antiseptic protective wound dressing. It also a germicidal and fungicidal. The blue color prevents other chickens from pecking wounds. So I use it on all chicken wounds.
Next I put the injured chicken in a separate cage with a heat lamp to raise her body temperature to help her heal. I add electrolytes to water. I keep her separate until her wounds look better and she seems healthy enough to join flock. The Blu may stay on feathers until she loses them.
I don't know if this will help but it has worked for me more than 3 times
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