Chicken Attacked By Unknown

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LewisFamily, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. LewisFamily

    LewisFamily Out Of The Brooder

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    Left town for Christmas (chickens in care of family friends). Got back today, and one of the girls has a NASTY wound on the neck and upper "shoulder". It is torn down to the meat. However it looks like an older (2-4 days) and is not bleeding. It is all scabbed up, but she still has a gaping hole. There is no active bleeding or pus or liquid of any kind. She is moving around just fine. Cull or not?! :-(
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Don't cull her. Chickens have a great ability to heal from significant skin wounds. It sounds as if the others are leaving her alone, but I would keep an eye on that. If she survives, the gaping hole will gradually fill in with granulation tissue.
     
  3. LewisFamily

    LewisFamily Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok. I was reading through alot of posts, and really didnt want to cull her. I just couldnt bring myself to do it, since she is moving and she has almost self-segregated herself. Thanks for the post!
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Keep us posted as to her progress. One thing that you don't have to worry about this time of year is fly strike. On second thought, see that you are in Texas. If the temps increase make sure that the flies don't get at her.
     
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  5. LewisFamily

    LewisFamily Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok. Thanks so much!
     
  6. LewisFamily

    LewisFamily Out Of The Brooder

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    She has healed great. Never in my wildest dreams did I think she would recover from that. But she is perfectly fine. Crazy!
     

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