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Chick injured by coon

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jubilee1111, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. Jubilee1111

    Jubilee1111 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Everyone,

    I went out to feed this morning and found 3 feathers belonging to my little Cuckoo Marans cockerel on the outside of the kindergarden run. I went about filling their feeder and noticed the little guy was backing away when pecked at the feeder, which he never does. His neck feathers looked a little ruffled on one side of his neck.

    I picked him up and took a look, and WHOA!!!! Took me a second to brace myself to look again. Apparently a coon had grabbed him through that tiny gap where the gate hinges are and tore open his neck on one side. The skin is hanging like a flap. Very little blood and there doesn't appear to be any muscle damage.

    He didn't want me to put him down for about 30 minutes and when I sat him on the back of a chair he shivered a split second before settling into a sitting position. He's eating and drinking and walking around just fine and is in a dog crate in the kitchen resting. His poop even looks perfectly normal.

    I applied Neosporin to the open area. I could tell it stung from his reaction. Anything else I can do topically or internally to help this heal up? I will be giving him some yogurt this evening to boost his immune system a bit.

    I am in Austin TX and we've been over 100 degrees for several consecutive days. I have had all the dogs inside due to the heat. Usually, predation isn't an issue as I have Boerboels that have a serious hate on for any kind of wildlife threat. I am changing some stuff around this afternoon to make sure if the coon comes back he will get a big old fashioned surprise.
     
  2. Tenmore

    Tenmore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Post pics how big or bad is the tear? I would set traps because Im sure the coon will be back good luck!
     
  3. Jubilee1111

    Jubilee1111 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will try and get some pics this evening when I have an extra set of hands to help.

    I don't have access to a trap until Monday evening but taking steps to ensure the chickens are safe when the raccoon reappears.
     

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