14 week chicken attacked by possum HELP!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PojoEdna, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. PojoEdna

    PojoEdna Hatching

    Sep 15, 2011
    My lovey Tilda (a jersey giant) was attacked by a possum last night. She's in our house warm and comfy, I've cleaned her large puncture wound on her right side, (right behind where the wing connects to the body.) I cleaned it with some peroxide and put some antibiotic cream on it. She can use her wings but she seems to be not putting any pressure on her right leg but it doesn't seem to be broken.

    Is there any thing else I can do, She hasn't been drinking water or eating for the night. She just sits there with her eyes closed. Should I cover the puncture wound with gauze? Please help her flock misses her. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Thank you!

  2. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Songster

    I see you're new and can't post pics yet, but if you could, it would probably get you more/better answers.
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    If it is a puncture wound, you want it pretty clean, and to heal from the inside out, so as not to develop an anaerobic or airtight infection like gangrene. Clean it with some weak betadine or iodine solution, making sure is open (might use a Q-tip), then coat it good with neosporin ointment. Check it each day to make sure it is open, and reapply neosporin. Watch for infection. When it is healing, put some blu-kote on it so that you can put her back in with others and they won't peck the injury. Offer her some scrambled chopped eggs, dunk her beak into water if still not drinking. Yogert and buttermilk are good, too. Hope she does okay.

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