Bad raccoon attack

ASchreffler

Chirping
May 15, 2021
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Marianna, Fl
1AM we heard a squawk of distress. Shown the light out the window and a raccoon ran into the woods. One of our girls failed to go up into the house and stayed in the lower part of our coop. She must have fallen asleep next to the chicken wire… she has an injured wing and leg, a missing toe, and pretty deep wound on her head. We brought her inside and sprayed vetericyn plus on her wounds. Early this morning a made some electrolytes out of sugar, baking soda, salt, and water as well as got her food with her favorite treats in it. When I came in to give it to her she had jumped out of the box :(. I’m glad she’s moving but I know it hurt! I sprayed her wounds again and watched her eat and drink. I was planning on going to TSC to get some antibiotics, iodine, and anything else I can find to help her. Any advice?! Please help, I feel horrible this happened to my baby. We are going to put smaller wire along the bottom of the coop as we are in process of building their bigger one… should be done this week! Also, thinking of trapping the coon? Does this look like something she can recover?
 

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TropicalBabies

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Sorry about your hen. She actually looks pretty good ♡ . I'd just make sure her wounds were cleaned well and then apply daily for a week or two, a topical Neosporin w/o pain aid as the pain aid can harm your chook. Keep flies away from her so they don't lay eggs and cause another bigger problem. I would tape up her toe so it stayed clean. Keep her eating nutritious food to help aid in her quick heal. She should come around quickly. I don't think you will need oral antibiotics. Maybe a wait and see. A few days to recover should be good. Don't keep her separated from the flock for too long.
She really escaped a fearsome predator. I would make sure my coop was a vault. Trap and remove the raccoons as they will come back for more but that is your call. Glad your girl is ok.
 

ASchreffler

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Im so sorry for your loss, you did everything you could.
Thank you for the comforting words. They are such fragile animals! I ended up taking the other to the vet an 1.5 away but I now have discovered the most wonderful vet in the process. They put her on antibiotics and she is healing up so quickly now! Ive been watching and she’s the only one that pecks at her feet. I wonder if I should put that blue hen healer on it after her cleaning? She doesn’t peck a whole lot… hardly at all. I feel like it’d come right off though. But she is walking and dusting just like the others! So happy!!!! She had me smiling last night cuz at sundown she left the coop where the others were and came to my front door instead (I take her in at night to keep her feet clean and give her meds).
 

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Thank you for your response. I bought iodine this morning and medicated feed… she is drinking electrolyte water praise the Lord and she is eating some. I’m not sure whether to wrap it or keep it clean and in the air? :( I just want what’s best for her and am unsure what is at the moment. I feel like if she could heal she could live a happy life.
No problem! Thats so good, i think wash it out a bit more, then wrap it up for a bit, take it off a few times a day to let it air and to wash out (so it prevents infection) :) Hopefully everything goes well :love
 

ASchreffler

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Poor baby ♡ beautiful girls. The one who looks a little depressed is the second one? She is missing 3 toes and has some wing damage? We're you able to check her thoroughly all over for any wounds that may be hidden? She does look not well. Maybe a cover for the cage if you have not put already. Quiet and dark at first.
So, how are the girls today? Smell? Poop?
I also used a soft clean paintbrush when applying the Neosporin. Just a thought.

Yeah, the antibiotics can be a movie and you probably won't have to worry about that for a little bit if at all. Just nice to have on hand if you need to get ahead of a situation.
Yes, her eating on her own is ideal. I had to switch it up a lot with my girl. A favorite one day was not the next and I used healthy treats to get in extra calories after she ate. They can and will most likely loose some weight now your just trying to minimize it. If you have access to live mealworms it is a great source of protein. I also give my girls cooked meat as a snack, especially with feather loss- molts etc. So after she eats, give treats for added calories... just makes sure she is getting as much as you can ♡♡♡ (within reason)

On the syringe feeding I fit a 2" long tube on the tip of my 10 mil syringe. I purchased a length from my feed store from their fish tank tubing. Cut the 2", burn to soften the one edge so as not to hurt the girl going down, can also dip in coco oil to aid. 2" is long enough to make it past and take away the danger of aspiration as long as you don't overload. Your chicken will need 30 mils minimum per day of good healthy feed. If you get to the point of syringe feeding you can thin your feed with electrolytes and or vita water. Sit her on your lap, wait till she calms- can use a towel, open beak (I usually put the tip of my finger in as a wedge as I steady her head so she can not close and I can then have a clear shot to get the tube in easily) . You will have to read the situation and determine what you and she need. It is not that hard so don't worry. You got this and are doing a great job ♡♡♡ You are obviously a loving thoughtful parent. :hugs
I know that this is a very stressful situation but
have you had time to check your whole flock out for hidden injuries? They are stoic little gals and can mask pain and injury very well ♡♡♡
Looking forward to your updates and wishing you all good health and a fast recovery.
I just wrote a long response and got kicked off… smh. So the one on the left that is head down is the most injured. You could see her skull after the attack and her tendons on her leg, her toe is looking like it’s healing well. Her leg is still raw fleshy looking. she’s the one that I am having to really try and get fluids in and won’t eat today. The other had the wing and a couple toe tips, she is walking around and eating and drinking.

poop looks normal so far, although after cleaning the cage this morning there was a dryer poo which is probably from the worse off one.

I didn’t have a blanket over the cage, I will do that.

thank you for all of the encouraging words and support. She feels like one of my babies and it’s hard not to feel like there’s something I should of or could of done. Please keep her in your prayers.
 

ASchreffler

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Update: she’s pale around her eyes and her tendons look dried out. We rinsed with saline, sprayed vetricyn, and then applied neosporne. I had blended some chicken feed, water, and some banana and she drank about a tsp of it on her own. She’s been drinking and actually lifts her head to do it sometimes. She stood up for a little after we cleaned her but for the rest of the time she is lifeless… :( . It’s day two so maybe this is the worst of it? She also laid an egg still yesterday and today.

the other hen is eating and drinking and walking around. It appears like one of her toes is rotting… it’s dark brown… what do we do? We cleaned it as well but ah!
 

Chicken poppy

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1AM we heard a squawk of distress. Shown the light out the window and a raccoon ran into the woods. One of our girls failed to go up into the house and stayed in the lower part of our coop. She must have fallen asleep next to the chicken wire… she has an injured wing and leg, a missing toe, and pretty deep wound on her head. We brought her inside and sprayed vetericyn plus on her wounds. Early this morning a made some electrolytes out of sugar, baking soda, salt, and water as well as got her food with her favorite treats in it. When I came in to give it to her she had jumped out of the box :(. I’m glad she’s moving but I know it hurt! I sprayed her wounds again and watched her eat and drink. I was planning on going to TSC to get some antibiotics, iodine, and anything else I can find to help her. Any advice?! Please help, I feel horrible this happened to my baby. We are going to put smaller wire along the bottom of the coop as we are in process of building their bigger one… should be done this week! Also, thinking of trapping the coon? Does this look like something she can recover?
Oh my gosh! I am so sorry this happened! Poor thing. keep giving her electrolytes and make sure she eats/drinks ( though drinking is more important ) it looks very bad, try wrapping a bit of gauze strips around the leg after washing the wound out with some warm water. I dont usually deal with hurt chickens, so im not sure if i can give amazing advice. clean out her cuts two - three times daily to prevent infection, and maybe try rinsing them out with iodine?
 

Chicken poppy

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Sorry about your hen. She actually looks pretty good ♡ . I'd just make sure her wounds were cleaned well and then apply a topical Neosporin w/o pain aid as the pain aid can harm your chook. Keep flies away from her so they don't lay eggs and cause another bigger problem. I would tape up her toe so it stayed clean. Keep her eating nutritious food to help aid in her quick heal. She should come around quickly. I don't think you will need oral antibiotics. Maybe a wait and see. A few days to recover should be good. Don't keep her separated from the flock for too long.
She really escaped a fearsome predator. I would make sure my coop was a vault. Trap and remove the raccoons as they will come back for more but that is your call. Glad your girl is ok.
Sounds like good advice! I wouldnt tape the toe though, it could cause it to get a bit worse, you should wash it out and possibly add gauze on it if needed :) shes a strong girl though! Racoons are fierce

taping toe is fine, but you Need to flush out The wound first, then take it off to wash it daily
 
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ASchreffler

Chirping
May 15, 2021
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Marianna, Fl
Sorry about your hen. She actually looks pretty good ♡ . I'd just make sure her wounds were cleaned well and then apply daily for a week or two, a topical Neosporin w/o pain aid as the pain aid can harm your chook. Keep flies away from her so they don't lay eggs and cause another bigger problem. I would tape up her toe so it stayed clean. Keep her eating nutritious food to help aid in her quick heal. She should come around quickly. I don't think you will need oral antibiotics. Maybe a wait and see. A few days to recover should be good. Don't keep her separated from the flock for too long.
She really escaped a fearsome predator. I would make sure my coop was a vault. Trap and remove the raccoons as they will come back for more but that is your call. Glad your girl is ok.
100% agree on that! She wouldn’t of gotten attacked if she were up in the house with the rest :/ but we are going to make adjustments to the coop. We were checking allll night for the coon and didn’t get much rest. We are going to be working on catching it with a trap today. She is currently inside so the flies don’t get her and I can keep her cleaned up and make sure she’s eating and drinking. I’ll get something to tape up her toe thanks!
 

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So I went outside to inspect the other hens and apparently it got two of them. The second I found had a minor wing injury and tips of 3 toes gone. She is super upright and chipper, I brought her in as well. We rinsed with saline and put iodine. Hubby has to do the neosporin… I’m worried though because all of a sudden the hen pictured has one eye shut and is beginning to be reluctant to drink. Does this mean she won’t make it? Her one leg has tendons exposed and it’s pretty bad…
Give us photos. Always good. Also good you buddy the girls up. Thats perfect (in a sad way, sorry) I'd stick with the good cleaning and Neosporin. Chickens are incredible. Do everything you can to keep your girls eating. You may have to syringe feed but if you can't keep them.nurished you are close to game over.
My BR got attacked and she survived and laid an egg 3 weeks later.
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Keep them safe and warm with fresh feed, softened if need be, I gave scrambled eggs, papaya... what ever she would eat. Alway keep fresh feed out for them along with fresh water, add vitamins every so many days. Do get antibiotics just incase you need. But don't give unless her skin stinks or green poop or your sure she has infection.
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Mazzie had a perfect heal at 3.5 years old.
 

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