- Aug 14, 2017
A fox unfortunately got into our chicken coop on Thursday night and killed 8 of our chickens and injured one. We took the injured one inside and just sprayed the main wound with antiseptic, however we didn’t find its puncture wounds till several days later and they had already mostly scabbed over. Since then, I have just been spraying Microcyn AH wound and skin care spray on them a few times a day and I put antibiotic ointment on a couple times, because that was all we had and I didn’t know what else to do. We’ve been keeping it inside, and it has started eating and drinking pretty normally again However, I noticed a bad smell coming from the puncture wounds 2 days ago, and yesterday felt a hard lump underneath which I assume is an abscess. I tried to clean them out better last night with the Microcyn spray but my question is should I take it to a vet or try to treat it at home myself? I’ve seen on here that Pen G works well for wound infections, I wouldn’t be able to get that until tomorrow night though. But we don’t want to spend too much on a vet and the avian vet near us doesn’t have appointments until Thursday so we’d have to go to an emergency vet who doesn’t really treat chickens often. I just don’t want to wait too long trying to decide what to do though, as the infection has already probably been untreated for 2-3 days already, and the chicken is acting so much better than when it first got attacked, but I don’t want it to go downhill again from the infection. Any advice would be appreciated, this is my first time trying to care for an injured chicken so I don’t even know if I’m cleaning the wounds the right way.