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Attacked chicken

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by klenkskluckers, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. klenkskluckers

    klenkskluckers In the Brooder

    Can someone tell me if her beak can be saved and is she in pain? I am very upset something got in my coop and ate one chicken head, scalped and ate eye and beak of one chicken left slive snd in shock i killed cause it was so bad off and left this ones beak like this. What do i do? please help!!! do[​IMG]
     

  2. write2caroline

    write2caroline Songster

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    Welcome to the forum - this would normally be posted under the emergency section.

    Chickens are amazing. I had one that survived an attack too. You could see her skull. She ended up blind on one side but did really well. If the chicken can eat and drink it will probably be okay. Beaks grow like nails. So assess the damage. If you think the chicken is going to suffer - you may want to choose to put it down. But if you think that the chicken is viable then you can try different things based on the damage. People actually clip chicken beaks so they don't need a lot of beak to survive.

    Good luck and I hope your chicken is okay.

    Caroline
     
  3. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Please post on the "emergencies, diseases, injuries, cures, " thread. and see what they say. I looked at the enlarged photo and she appears to have NO upper beak at all.
    I don't know if she could manage to get food into her mouth. Can she eat or drink?

    Hatchery birds have their beaks cut way back so they can fight with each other -I have not ever heard of the beak growing back when people have rescued such birds. I think you have to have a certain amount of beak to grow from.

    I'm not a person who gives up or puts animals down needlessly. I know chickens can come back from hideous injuries and I hope yours can. Maybe if you are able and willing to feed her by hand if she can't eat on her own - she has a chance. Without her beak she can't defend herself against other flock mates that may decided to attack her.

    Some people make chickens into housepets so they can keep up with their needs - she might do very well in such a situation. PLEASE beef up security of your coop, whatever did this will be back.
     
  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

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    X2 on Drumstick's advice!
    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Great to have you with us!
     
  7. klenkskluckers

    klenkskluckers In the Brooder

    Thank you. I was so upset didnt know where to post. I did find emergencies. Thank you and she is my house pet thats why i am upset[​IMG]
     

  8. Fancychooklady

    Fancychooklady Crowing

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    It's a little hard to see in the pic, but so long as she can eat she will probably survive.
     

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