Can I save her!?? Help!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by justusnak, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    My neighbors little girl...she is 8 yrs old, just brought me her hen. It was attacked by a dog. I lifted her wing...on her right side...and well...this is gross....but her innards are now hanging out through a HUGE gash!! She is shocky, and breathing hard. Its dark...and there is NO way I can bring her in the house, with 4 dogs.....so I sprayed blue kote on the wound, for tonight....and gave her water with electrolytes....and a bowl of chick starter. She is resting in a pen now...safe...what should I do tomorrow?? Wash the wound....neosporin and wrap it?? That is IF she is alive tomorrow. Just looking for advise. I hope I can save this little girls "favorite" red hen.
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Tough one. I would flush the wounds with saline solution and then push her guts back in and see if there was any way to tape her shut. Then let her rest... good luck!
     
  3. countrygirl4513

    countrygirl4513 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you've done all you can tonight. Keep a close eye to maggots. I used sterile saline solution to clean the wounds and then blukote. It sounds like she has the same type of wound that my Sweetie had from the dog attack, and she pulled through! Fat and sassy now. We will hope for the best for this little one. Good luck!
     
  4. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Thanks ..... I am really hopeing I can save her....and THEN get this DOG!! It has been running loose for a while now. I have shot the dog with BB's....time to get a BIGGER GUN!! UGH! SO tomorrow, rinse....neosporin, tuck and wrap?
    Say a little prayer...this little girl loves her hen!
     
  5. bantymum

    bantymum Chillin' With My Peeps

    OMG, I dont like the sound of this. Can you pretend you are in an operating theater and just gently place the inards back inside her quickly!
    Then keep her warm, quiet, she possibly wont want anything to eat or drink yet due to shock.
    Im not familiar with the medicines over there sorry, im sure someone else will get in on this and help you, possibly some Vet techs?? and grab that dog before he does any more harm to chickens, especially yours!!!as if you havent got enough on your plate .
     
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  6. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    I will have to try something more tomorrow with this hen, IF she makes it through the night. Wight now, she is resting...and HOPEFULLY she will be strong in the morning..so I can get a better look. Poor thing! [​IMG]
     
  7. bantymum

    bantymum Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know you are busy, try and get her innards back in before the wound dries up too much, otherwise it will be harder for you and her. Just do it and dont think about it, do it while your adrenalin is high!!Sorry. again I wish I was there.
     
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  8. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    I would try to get her insides back into her tonight because of swelling it might be to hard to do tomorrow. I hope she makes it.
     
  9. SimplcitiyAltered

    SimplcitiyAltered Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh hun my goodness when it rains it pours....

    rinse wound thouroughly with a saline solution (never use peroxide as it will damage flesh)

    I would apply either an antibotic ointment or an antibiotic ointment with pain reliever

    try to push the inards in be careful though if you do not feel comfy doing this take her to an avian vet

    DO NOT wrap it as infection will most deffy take up residence it needs air to heal correctly without th eproper antibiotics

    Electrolytes are a good start

    Also try feeding her some chopped hard boiled egg or anything that is easily digestible and high in protien.

    Right now more then likely she is in shock try to keep her in a warm dark place so she can settle. And keep her away from anything that would stress her out loud noises etc.

    If you have an avian vet you can take her to do so they will be able to treat her with the proper antibiotics and possibly stich her up.
     
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  10. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    If you can't get the wound to stay taped closed, use super glue. You must keep the wound closed.
     

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