Chicken has a flappy piece of skin after attack...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Dani & Mikey, Mar 30, 2019.

  1. Dani & Mikey

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    My year old Black Jersey Giant hen was attacked (I believe by a hawk) and has a piece of skin hanging. My main question is will that be ok to leave? She was hit on the back of her neck/top of her head right behind her comb. For lack of a better description it looks like she got her wig split. The injury is about the size of a half dollar. When it happened we cleaned it with saline and used Blue Kote spray. There is a piece of her skin that is a bit flappy and hanging. It still has feathers on and doesn’t seem to be bothering her. We had her separate for the first day. She has been isolating herself by choice since it happened. I know that was a lot of info in random order. I would love all advice and suggestions, please! Thank you!
     
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    These are not the bus. I posted a few above.
     
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    Thank you! Looking forward to their thoughts as well!
     
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  7. Raptorchick

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    Make sure that with the saline wash, you've removed all dirt/feathers/debris, before the blukote. If shes with other hens, keep a close eye that they don't peck it. Personally my hens attack anything strangely colored, and blukote tends to attract pecks/bullies. I think you've done a great job. I'd be afraid of the skin flap dying, and subsequently starting infection. Have stop bleed handy (I've heard of flour or baking soda too), and trim off the loose flapping parts, then coat with stop bleed and spray blukote. I had a hen with a hole in her skin, and after I cleaned the scabbing/dirt inside the hole, the skin grew back together. If your up to it... and if the flap has scabs, you might be able to remove them and bandage it back in place, it could reattach if it still has vascularity. Either way, your doing a great job keeping it clean, and if shes happy, that's all that really matters.
     
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    Looks like all healthy and uninfected tissue. I wouldn’t do much of anything to it, it looks like it is already well on its way to healing.
     
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    That should be fine.
    Provided the wound is kept clean for the first few days she should heal and the patch will fill in over time. I have two running around who both had flaps of skin left hanging from hawk attacks.
    The one in the post below still has the flap and normal feathering has grown underneath. I just cleaned the wound with Clorhexidine and coated the wound with Pine Tar.
    The other hen who had a small flap of skin on her back I let heal and cut the flap off eventually.
    I did this because it was likely to get caught by the roosters toe nails during mating.
    Both hens recovered fine.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/is-it-better-to-let-them-die.1268732/page-9#post-20487168
     
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