My favorite hen who is 2 years old was attacked by my dog when she got her head through the fence of her pen. At the time it happened, I was able to stop it and she was obviously in shock. The only injury I could see was that one side of her face was bruised and swollen. I took her inside to the basement and put her in a cage. Gave her water and food and at this point she was eating and drinking on her own. After 2 days of this and walking around and acting normal, she stopped eating on her own. I have been force feeding her mashed up feed, yogurt and water. I do this roughly every 4 to 5 hours. She did lay 2 eggs in the first few days after the attack. Now, she will walk around some but will stop and seems to fall asleep. To keep her moving a bit, I will swish her tail feathers or pat her.
How long should I do this? Could she have brain damage? I don't want to cull her but I just can't see doing this forever and she has not laid for about a week. As I said, this attack happened 2 weeks ago tomorrow (Friday).
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!
Edited by dperry93 - 3/30/12 at 4:16am