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Can't figure out if this is a spider bite or something else

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by marguritehenry, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. marguritehenry

    marguritehenry New Egg

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    This morning I noticed what I thought was a cut on the back side of my 5 mo. Old white leghorns neck.
    It is high up, right under her comb. I brought her in the house and cleaned it with hydrogen peroxide and
    Noticed that it is almost a perfect circle, pus-ey but not bloody. After the peroxide I put some comfry
    Salve on her and quarantined her in a crate

    I took a picture, but I'm on my phone and don't know how to put it on here. I am going to put it on chicken chat on Facebook also and I do know how to upload the photo there. Thanks!!!
     
  2. sonally

    sonally Out Of The Brooder

    A crazy idea from a newbie: ringworm? Can chickens get a fungal infection? [​IMG]
     
  3. marguritehenry

    marguritehenry New Egg

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    Thanks Sonally,

    Actually after posting it on my personal facebook page with a pic and talking to some friends I do think it was definitely a brown recluse bite. I have been treating her by cleaning the wound with hydrogen peroxide and then applying a pack of Bentonite clay.

    She seems to be doing well and actually laid her first egg this morning! I think it's because I kept her inside last night and it's cooler in the house.
     
  4. leadwolf1

    leadwolf1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wonder what the treatment is for recluse bites in chickens? A few years back both my dog and my now xhusband were bitten. The dog was put on antibiotics and prednisone for two weeks. My husband was put on antibiotics for a month with prednisone for two weeks. Being so close to the chickens brain, I can't believe that it hasn't caused more damage. My xhusband's cartilage in his knee was 'eaten away' by the venom...


    Keep a close eye on your hen...that stuff can be fatal
     
  5. marguritehenry

    marguritehenry New Egg

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    oh I also neglected to let y'all know that I am giving her oral tetracycline too, so she is getting antibiotics.

    I was shocked that it didn't just immediately kill her since recluse bites can be fatal for people it's a miracle she has survived.
     

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