I think a hawk (Possible a juvenile) got to my adult hens 4 days ago. One died of the injuries and the other was severely wounded (another survived unscathed). The injured chicken had a 1 inch by 0.5 inch (2 cm by 1 cm) deep incision to the rear left side of her back (along with no tail feathers left). No scratch marks, which is why we think avian predator. She was in shock (lethargy, dilated pupils). My husband (a field biologist) and I (doctor), cleaned the wound and realized the incision had penetrated her lung. We disinfected the wound as best we could and stitched her up with 8 stitches (using sterile technique of course). She also had a smaller cut on her right thigh that went to the muscle, which we stitched up with 3 stitches. We have been cleaning the wounds daily and applying topical antibiotic as well as feeding her Terramyacin in her water. The wounds are healing beautifully however she is wheezing slightly and has an elevated body temperature of 106.5 F at sundown (~104-105 is normal). She eats only a little and takes some water, but refuses to walk and stands only when necessary. We have her in a "clean box" where we change the paper bedding every time she excretes feces in order to keep her clean. I am worried she may have an infection that the Terramyacin is not treating. Does anyone have advice on an antibiotic that might work, or what else we can do to help her recover quickly. Any advice is greatly appreciated (my husband does not want to take her to a vet).
Edited by kcallis - 10/20/08 at 6:13pm