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My americana was attacked by a skunk 5 days ago. Thot she was dead but she wasnt. Side of her face was ripped off- eye still intact. Im not sure what im looking at tho- muscle, skull? Im cleaning w peroxide n neosporin. Please advise what I should do with her, unbeleivably she seems to be improving - she walks backward and keeps her head down (like maybe her vision is shadowed from her injury?) but she also walks minimally. She doesnt mind us cleaning her wound. Please zoom in if possible to examine the injury-
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Welcome to BYC!  :-)

 

And that wound looks nasty.  If you can, put some neosporin on it and wash it out with warm water a few times daily.  A surface wound with just skin torn off can be healed up in a jiff; but if there's something really wrong internally not much can be done inexpensively.

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post #3 of 8
Get her on an antibiotic to prevent any nasty bacteria from causing a problem within her body. Skunks are nasty critters. When you use the neosporin make sure it is the kind without pain relief. Keep her quiet and hydrated. If you have Vetericyn use it a few times per day. She made need to go the vet. Kill the skunk!!!!
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I personally wouldn't worry about a vet because poultry vets are few and far in between.  And vet service usually totals out the bird, when all they'd be doing is administering antibiotics and cleaning up the wound - something you could do yourself at home.

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What kind of antibiotic do I need for a skunk-bitten chicken ? We got woke up half an hour ago by a ruckus in the chicken yard - a skunk was out there, and had one of our young pullets by the neck, while one of this year's hatchling, barely-able-to-crow roosters was attempting to defend her.
I couldn't get the gun loaded fast enough, so we fought off the skunk with bricks and debris and finally turned the hose on him. Two birds are missing, the pullet that the skunk had is limping and she has a bite on her neck, and I think one of our older roosters may have been bitten too.
What should I give them? We have no avian vet in our area.

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Do you have the skunk to have it tested for rabies?  MOST IMPORTANT!  If you have handled any injured birds barehanded, you will have saliva from that skunk on you, and that's not good.  Call your MD and your public health department for advise today.  Your injured birds come second here.  Wearing gloves, rinse out the wounds, apply ointment (Silvadene is best), and cull any that have abdominal wounds.  Mary

post #7 of 8

No, I ran it off, and washed my hands after handling the bird. Also I had a rabies vaccine three years ago; just to be safe I'll go get my titer tested. Thanks for the heads-up.
But, I still need to get her some antibiotics, I'm told that Pen-G veterinary penicillin is the thing... does anybody know the proper dosage?

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I would use 1 ml. per 10 lbs. body weight, and then she's a pet.  There's a very short list of approved meds for poultry, with withdrawal times.  Look at farad.org for data.  Mary

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