chicken attacked by predator, lots of cuts

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by birdloverfarm, May 19, 2011.

  1. birdloverfarm

    birdloverfarm New Egg

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    Yesterday our chickens were attacked by something and half of them were wiped out,one survived after being attacked.

    She has multiple cuts under her wings, some are pretty bad, her comb is badly hurt,one cut on her back is pretty big but it is not bleeding severly. We took her inside yesterday and put her in a good sized box with water with electrolites in it, we have also given her scratch and started a chicken antibiotic. She is eating well and drinking lots of water. This morning we let her roam a little outside and she is walking fine and scratched around a little, we also think she layed an egg.

    We don't have money to take her to the vet, does anyone have any home remedys?[​IMG]
     
  2. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    Topical neosporin on cuts
    What antibiotic did you start her on?
    Rescue Remedy in her water for stress reduction
    When she is not actively bleeding and if you don't suspect internal injury, pain relief may be a very kind thing to afford her. One 81mg baby aspirin crushed into one cup drinking water. Change to fresh batch at least once daily. To encourage ingestion, you might dunk bits of her favorite fruits in the aspirin water and hand feed to her.
    What is her normal diet? Scratch is just a treat. Can give extra protein to help healing - e.g. meal worms. Black oil sunflower seeds may perk her spirits up too.
    Right now TLC, infection control and pain relief are the things that will help her the most.
    JJ

    p.s. Whover the pred was, he'll be back. Assume all remaining birds are in lockdown for now....
     
  3. birdloverfarm

    birdloverfarm New Egg

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    We got the antibiotic from the feed store, it just said animal antibiotic on it.

    Her big cut on her back is still moist, the neosporin may make it hurt worse but it would probably help the ones under her wings
    Her diet has been mostly scratch but she has been free range and we feed greens and safe table scaps occaisionaly.
     
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  4. NortonGameBirds

    NortonGameBirds Out Of The Brooder

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    Any updates?
     
  5. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    She won't get the nutrition she needs from scratch - this will make it all the more difficult to heal. Get her some hen layer crumble or game bird maintenance crumble and be sure to also have oyster shell available in a separate bowl at all times, if you're not already doing that. If you can, order Avia charge 2000 on line and put a little in their water every day, just enough to be the color of light colored iced tea. One container will last a very long time and the stuff will help close any nutritional gaps (store in cool dry place).

    JJ
     

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