Another fox attack...rear end damage and hen not pooping

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Trish1974, May 20, 2017.

  1. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my second rescue from a fox attack in three weeks. Let me preface this by saying these are NOT my chickens (now they are), as I am smart enough not to free range on a wooded river bottom!! They are my idiot neighbor's who refuses to keep his flock locked up and off my land. He says "he has no way of locking them up, plus its cruel to keep animals locked up". I guess it isn't cruel to have defenseless chickens wandering the country side as a walking fox buffet?? :he BUT ANYWAY....

    I saw the ruckus starting in my security camera that I have on my chicken run. This hen was frantically trying to get in with my girls then I heard my ladies sound an alarm. By the time I got the gun and got out on the deck I saw the fox running down the lane to the woods with her, feathers flying and her head flopping. I couldn't shoot at him because of a shed and truck in the way, so I shot up in the air, he dropped her but immediately picked her up again, so I shot and he dropped her again so I kept shooting and he went right into the neighbor's pasture and I saw her run left into the woods. I followed the trail of feathers and luckily found her. She has a huge chunk of feathers out of her backside, 3/4 of her tail is missing. In the last picture the wound at 6:00 is tooth hole, the wound at 9:00 is just a superficial scratch. I cannot find any additional puncture wounds but the fox ran a good 100-150 yards with her so he must have had a pretty good bite. I flushed the one hole with colloidal silver twice yesterday. This all went down at 11:30 yesterday morning. She remained in shock for at least an hour then stood up and started to move around. A few hours later she pecked at some scrambled eggs and mealworms, gave me a nice healthy poop shortly after, then surprisingly laid an egg later that afternoon. She never ate any more that day and only took a few sips of water. When I checked on her this morning there was not a single poop in the crate. Any suggestions on what I could do for her or check on her (though she is extremely sensitive as you could imagine with all those feathers being plucked out)?
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  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The poor thing. I'm glad you were able to find her.

    Getting her hydrated would be your first step. Since she was pooping yesterday, hopefully she just didn't have enough in her crop overnight to have any more poops. This would tell us she needs to drink.

    Offer her some poultry vitamins in her water if you have them. She is most likely really sore and may have some internal swelling (squeezing from the fox). You can offer aspirin if you feel like it may help reduce swelling or give some comfort. (Dosage is 81mg per quart of water - like 1 low dose Bayer).

    When you can gently look at her vent to see if she is impacted. If she will tolerate it later in the day and things are not moving, give her a soak in a warm/tepid epsom salts bath - this can be soothing, can help reduce some swelling and sometimes will help get things moving. (I'm thinking she has some internal swelling - just a guess).

    Giving egg is very good, but try to get her drinking.
    Keep us posted.
     
  3. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much! She just drank some water (but still not eating) and there is one runny poop in the crate now. I do have some electrolytes I will put in her water with the next fill. I added some supplemental silver to the current water as I'm worried about infection. I was wondering about asprin so thank you so much for suggesting that! I did notice she is now holding what is left of her tail upright. Up until now it was bent over to the right. Thanks again for your help!
     
  4. Abriana

    Abriana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats so great you were able to help her. is she an Amaraucana? she looks like my Ameraucana, Hailee. She's pretty.
     
  5. morganfamily6

    morganfamily6 Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my chickens got attacked by a fox and had a wound and I gave her antibiotics, but only give her antibiotics if she has a wound:thumbsup
     
  6. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! She is half Americauna and half brown leghorn. She is doing really well now.
     

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