Chicken wounded

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CaliTX, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. CaliTX

    CaliTX Out Of The Brooder

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    My husband found one of our chickens wounded in the driveway about 20 minutes ago. He brought her inside. She has 3 puncture wounds on her back, so I am almost positive she was attacked by a neighbor's dog.

    I flushed the area with peroxide and dilluted iodine. She is set up in a plastic tote on some newspaper with a small bowl of water. Is there anything else I can do for her? I have penicillin, liquamycin, peroxide, iodine, neosporin..

    I would like to give her the best chance possible, she is our friendliest chicken and we really love her!
     
  2. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Put her in a warm and quiet dimly lit place with a bit of food and water directly in front of her (so she doesn't have to move to eat or drink but won't fall asleep in it either).

    She will probably look 'shell shocked' for at least one day. If there is a great deal of bruising, she might look bad for longer than that. I would guess that by tomorrow she will either be dead or have enough energy to eat and drink.

    I would keep her someplace that flies won't get at her wounds, or you need to coat the wounds to discourage flies.

    I know some will recommend antibiotics, but I wouldn't. Chickens are very hardy. If she can make it over the initial trauma, you washed out the wounds, you keep flies and other bugs from getting to her wounds, and you give her a week in a stress free warm dim spot (like a dog crate) where she feels safe, you should be set.

    I wouldn't worry about her eating today, but maybe see if she will take at least a tiny sip of water.

    Tomorrow you can tempt her to eat with her favorite treats, now she needs to rest.
     
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  3. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

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  4. Eggcessive

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    Is she alert or in shock? I would use the Neosporin ointment on the wounds daily--it sounds like that you cleaned them well. The puncture wounds need to be kept open for at least 2 days by taking peroxide and a Q-tip and cleaning them, then put the Neosporin on again. After 2 days, let them heal from the inside out, and stop the peroxide. Penicillin would probably be better than the Liquimycin for a dirty wound. Your vet could prescribe a better one, but the pen should be good. Watch for signs of infection--redness, swelling, or bad sell from the wound. Feed scrambled eggs, low salt tuna, some probiotics, and chicken feed.
     
  5. CaliTX

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    Thank you everyone! She is definitely shocky right now. She is set up in a plastic tote inside and there is a towel over it. I will move her water a bit closer and give her some food as well
     
  6. CaliTX

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    Just an update for this morning. She seems much less shocky/more alert. She is standing for short periods but seems to have a "droopy" wing. I made her some scrambled eggs this morning and crushed a tiny bit of children's asprin into it for her, and flushed her wounds again with iodine. She ate and drank a good bit of water.
     
  7. Cooper Farms

    Cooper Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get ( blue-kote) for here wounds it's the best and if u reintroduce here the others won't pick at the wounds. U can get it from a farm store or online
     
  8. CaliTX

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    I have some blue-kote somewhere. I will look for it. Should I apply that once per day? I am planning on doing the diluted iodine flush 2-3 times per day. I imagine the blue-kote would go on afterwards?
     
  9. Cooper Farms

    Cooper Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Once a day is what I do but lightly
     
  10. CaliTX

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    Thank you!
     

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