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A FOX got my Regular Chicken!!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by diverkell, May 17, 2010.

  1. diverkell

    diverkell In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2010
    Chicopee, MA
    This morning I was upstairs with my 9 month old daughter. The chickens started making a terrible racket at the back of the house. I ran to the window with the baby, whipped the blind up just in time to see a fox grab our favorite girl and run!!! I flew down the stairs and out the front door, screaming as loud as I know how. I took off after the thief, into the woods, still screaming at the top of my lungs. It worked, that rascal dropped her. I picked her up and carried her and the baby to the coop. She has been very quiet, sitting on a roost. There was a tiny bit of blood on her chest, but that's all the injury I can see. Is there anything I can do for her?
    Last edited: May 17, 2010
  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    She should be fine if you have checked her over really well. You may want to keep them locked up from now on because the fox WILL be back.
  3. KellyHM

    KellyHM Crowing

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    She needs some antibiotics so her wounds don't get infected. Make sure the other chickens don't pick on her while she's healing. Other than that only time will tell if she has any internal injuries.
  4. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    Hug that chicken and keep her with you until she's up and about.
  5. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Wow! You go Mama! Maybe she's a bit shocky. Some vitamins/electrolites in her water would probably be a good idea. A little extra TLC too.....maybe some Sulmet in the water as well so the bite marks don't become infected......

    Good luck with your hen!
  6. Casey3043

    Casey3043 Songster

    Wow! You must be in great shape! Not many people can chase down a fox and get their chicken back, all the while carrying a baby! I hope your daughter didn't get the daylights scared out of her with this whole episode, but now she is learning how to be a good chicken mama. Good for you for not letting the fox get away with it. Hope your hen is all right. She will be quiet for a while as she was badly frightened at the least, even if not hurt.

    Keep us posted on her progress. You and the baby can laugh about this someday when you tell her the story.

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  7. diverkell

    diverkell In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2010
    Chicopee, MA
    Well, Regular chicken has survived. (That's her name.) The others had to be found after the episode. They were all hiding in the woods. Everybody is staying in the pen from now on. The whole bunch has been very quiet today. Everybody has been on high allert. My best girl has been very quiet and inside a nesting box. She has one puncture wound on her chest. Her friends kept checking on her through the day. I'll try to find that Sulmet stuff tomorrow. I washed the wound with betadine and water. She went out and ate and drank late in the afternoon. The socks I was wearing on the run through the woods will never be the same... I nearly cried when it was all over and couldn't find the rest of them. I had no idea I would be so emotionally invested in these lovely birds.
    Last edited: May 17, 2010
  8. hipeatall

    hipeatall Songster

    Mar 2, 2009
    Quote:Chickens are sneaky about finding their way into your heart [​IMG]
    Glad they are all okay.

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