Back Skin RIPPED OFF...feathers and all !!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChickenBarn, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. ChickenBarn

    ChickenBarn In the Brooder

    Jun 11, 2008
    Eden, Idaho
    I have a one year old RIR Hen that suffered the love wrath of a 12 pound rooster!!! Best guess is his spur or claw punctured her back skin and then ripped it clean off. Unfortunately I found this only two days ago and the wound was obviously at least 2 or more days old. She is missing skin on 30% of her left back. The exposed flesh has already crusted over and when I found her it smelled of death (rotten). We flushed it with saline and coated it with neosporin (once a day) and have segregated her. She is up and moving but with a healthy limp. She is talking, eating, drinking and pooping (no eggs yet) and seems like she has the will to survive. This evening the wound smells 90% better and she has cleaned off most of the dead flesh herself ( yummy ). I let her have free reign in my garden so she can have all the treats she wants, tomatoes, beans, peas.....and weeds.
    I haven't found any maggots and there is no bleeding either.

    After all that babble, MY questions are ........

    I have seen other posts with similar injuries. What is the likelyhood of her regrowing skin and feathers? As well as based upon my description, am I doing anything wrong or am I missing anything in regards to her treatment?

    Thanks a bunch BYC for any input, advice, or tomorrows winning powerball numbers [​IMG]


    PS...the rooster was given to another farm with the agreement that if he does this again....we get invited over for .......Mmmmm Dinner.....
  2. BantyHugger

    BantyHugger Songster

    May 23, 2008
    I had a pair of roosters (1 RIR and 1 EE) do that to my little 4lb Leghorn. We cleaned her wound just like you. She had 1 large scab for a back for a little while. After the boys left (to visit the oven) all her feathers grew back. She's a fully feathered bird again! [​IMG]
  3. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    Jan 1, 2008
    I would give her some oral antibiotics to be safe and just keep checking her wound to make sure it is noe infected anyplace. Also some bird vitamins would be helpful.
  4. Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies

    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    You got some good advice.

    I would also catch those roosters and trim their toe nails and take the dog toenail clippers to the spurs.

    Cut them about 1/2 to 2/3 off and take some sand paper to them to make them smooth.

    Good luck
  5. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    The only thing I would have to add is a caution on the neosporin. Do not use the neosporing plus pain. Any of the -caine medications can be deadly for chickens!

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