Attacked chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Laly, Oct 10, 2016.

  1. Laly

    Laly New Egg

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    Hello everyone! I am new here and happy to know I have all of you to help me.

    I had two chickens, hand raised them and they are about a year old now. They were recently attacked by racoons and one was killed and the other one was in pretty bad shape, we honestly didn't think she was going to make it but she pulled through and is doing much better still recuperating but she can now walk and we started letting her back out about two days ago. My questions are; How long before she starts laying eggs again? And also I know she mourn her sister, but should I get her another companion or will she be OK by herself?

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  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Spray some BlueKote on that would. She is not out of danger based on image. Risk of infection remains. Up protein in diet to treat her like a growing bird rather than a layer.
     
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  3. Laly

    Laly New Egg

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    The picture is from when she was first injured, I put it there to give an idea of how bad she had been hurt. She is doing much better now and her fethers are even growing back, but thank you so much for caring
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  4. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
    I'm sorry for your loss.

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    If this is what the wound looks like now, then you will need to monitor her closely. Keep flies away from the wound. Apply Blu-Kote or triple antibiotic ointment or Vetericyn. Watch for indications of infection (pus, odors, oozing, etc.).

    As advised by @centrarchid she will be benefit by a higher protein diet. Commercial formulas like All Flock/Flock Raiser have 18-20% protein, if you don't want to use something like that give her scrambled/hard boiled egg, tuna, mackerel or meat. Adding some Poultry Vitamins to her water once a week won't hurt either. Provide oyster shell free choice - she will take what she needs.

    Chickens prefer to have companions (a flock). Single chickens do o.k., but you will want to research keeping a single chicken. If you are considering getting another, consider getting at least 2more, this way if one dies you don't have a lone chicken. You want to make sure your girl is fully recovered before introducing any new birds to her.

    Make sure to read up on quarantine and bio-security when getting new birds.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/...often-underestimated-part-of-raising-chickens
    http://www.thefancychick.com/PoultryBiosecurity.html
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2016/08/biosecurity-for-backyard-chickens.html
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/12/quarantine-of-backyard-chickens-why-and.html
     
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