Chicken attacked by fox

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jmysgrl08, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. jmysgrl08

    jmysgrl08 Out Of The Brooder

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    A few days ago two of our chickens were injured while inside their enclosure. We later got a picture on our game camera of a fox outside the pen and have since reinforced the fencing. My question is how to treat the wound on my Barred Rock, Princess. She was grabbed through the fence and the skin was torn away from her throat. She is eating and drinking and acting normally. We have been putting Neosporin on a gauze pad and changing it daily. The other chickens are not bothering her.

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  2. bobthebunny

    bobthebunny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say just keep an eye on her and put wood on the bottom of the floor like 1 ft. and 1/2 so things cant grab at them if it doesn't get better within like a week or 2 or it looks infected I would take her to the vet. Good luck hope this helped.
     
  3. arkansas55

    arkansas55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    poor princess,wishing her a speedy recovery[​IMG]
     
  4. bobthebunny

    bobthebunny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote: x2
     
  5. jmysgrl08

    jmysgrl08 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah we fixed the problem with the fence. The fox didn't get in, it grabbed her through the fence. The problem we have is finding a vet that treats chickens. [​IMG] So far she's doing good but has figured out how to get the bandage off. [​IMG]
    Thanks for the response and the well wishes!
     
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2014
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Need to see closer but wound looks minor. Only concern I see is with crop. Does she eat OK?
     
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  7. jmysgrl08

    jmysgrl08 Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry it took a while to reply. What you see is the skin hanging down where it was torn away, not the crop. She is actually doing really well. She never slowed down, was eating and drinking normally the same day of the attack. The wound at her throat was about 4-5 inches long and a couple inches wide, the skin is mostly grown over and the loose ends are shrinking. She also has a smaller tear below the big one. It is healing well too. Thank you to everyone who responded. We were so worried and it helped to know other care.[​IMG]
     
  8. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Recovery from such skin tears is impressive. Skin and feathers I think is designed to give enabling bird to live another day. Like rabbits.
     

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