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2 chickens attacked by raccon this morning, saved them both.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Spanishchick, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. Spanishchick

    Spanishchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, only one was bitten she's bieng quarentined. How do I know if the coon was rabid.
    My attempt at shooting it failed. It ran before I got the shotgun. We did hit it twice with a hoe. I'm worried.
     
  2. maxpedley

    maxpedley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    rabies can only be passed on to mammals so you need not worry about it harming your chickens. Also if it was rabid it would likely stay around and attack you instead of running away.
     
  3. Spanishchick

    Spanishchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for answering. You don't know what a relief you've brought me.
     
  4. maxpedley

    maxpedley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only yhing you need to be carefull is with the wound. The racoon may not be rabid but he will most likely have bacteria in his mouth which could infect the wound. I suggest acquiring an iodine spray used for horse wounds as this has helped me combat wounds on hens in the past. It is also known as purple spray. More likely than not your chicken will not get infection however better safe than sorry.
     
  5. Spanishchick

    Spanishchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, at this point I wonder if one of them will make it, her beak was split, .......... like a broken nose. I would have put her down but my husband thinks that cocks, when they fight them (in our countries) go through worst and make it as long at their guts and organs are not hanging out or damaged.
    I can't imagine purposely allowing my chickens or rooster to get hurt!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Crazy world.
     
  6. maxpedley

    maxpedley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Post a picture so I can see please. I maybe able to tell you how she will be.
     
  7. Spanishchick

    Spanishchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Beak is cracked, some teeth marks eyes swollen shut but not lost.
     
  8. maxpedley

    maxpedley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like it should heal. Provide lots of calcium in the form of oyster grit to allow her beak to heal better. The swelling should go down.
     
  9. Spanishchick

    Spanishchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hold I'm trying to upload but I work in IT for the gov and I'm behind a firewall. Signal is so scrambled I can't send it via my phone.
     
  10. Spanishchick

    Spanishchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's been cleaned
     

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