Chickens attacked please help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by vgchickens, Nov 10, 2015.

  1. vgchickens

    vgchickens New Egg

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    I really need some help, yesterday one of my hens was attacked by two raccoons. She has skin taken off of both of her legs, one of her leg has meat taken off and since hasn't stopped bleeding. She can still stand on both of them but less on the one that's bleeding a bit. She has also was injured on top of her head. My mom put some antibiotics on her head and on her legs but we don't know what else to do. We separated her from the other hens too. (Sorry if this is confusing, I just don't know what to do and I don't want her to die.)
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Sorry that your chicken got attacked. Was she attacked during the day while outside? I would soak her legs in some warm water with a little betadine or chlorhexadrene. Then I would get some Vetericyn Wound Spray to apply to her legs (follow the label) or use plain Triple Antibiotic Ointment or Neosporin) on her legs and her head every day. Separate her in a clean dog crate, and use old clean towels or puppy pads as bedding. I haven't had one with loss of meat on legs, but chickens can heal surprisingly well, especially with scalp wounds. As long as she is eating, drinking, alert and active, then she may be okay. All you can do it try.
     
  3. Free Spirit

    Free Spirit The Chiarian

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    Welcome to BYC.

    Can you post a picture of the damage? It would be very helpful to see how severe the damage is. How bad is the bleeding? Can you wrap the bleeding area to stop the bleeding? If it's severely bleeding then you may need some blood stop powder. The wounds should be sprayed with Vetericyn Wound and Skin Care if you have or can get any. Then apply Blu-Kote to keep the wound protected. For minor scrapes you can apply a triple antibiotic ointment (Neosporin).

    Once wounds are addressed then she will need to be separated from the flock in a warm environment as she will be very stressed. Then give 2-3 tbls ACV (apple cider vinegar) in her water to act as a electrolyte and anti-bacterial.

    Depending on the severity of her injuries, I just want you to be aware that there is a possibility that you could still lose her.

    Once you get her stabilized you need to address predator proofing your coop/run ASAP.
     
  4. Shadow920

    Shadow920 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i had a sex link that got her leg caught in a half brick. i washed her leg with cold water to stop the bleeding. and put neosporin on the wound neosporin has saved the lives of three of my chickens who were injured enough that untreated they would have died two of them still have scars and both injuries on those two were caused by another chicken. i know it's not the same but if your chicken survived a raccoon attack ou are lucky and can probably help. if she's still walking she should be fine. if she is still bleeding cold water causes the blood to coagulate. and neosporin will heal the wound. also keep her separated until she's healed otherwise her own flockmates will kill her.
     
  5. vgchickens

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    Sorry for the late reply but here are some pics [​IMG][/IMG][​IMG]
     
  6. vgchickens

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    Here are some pics, her legs are turning green and i don't know what to do to fix it, we put more antibiotics on it [​IMG]
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  7. Free Spirit

    Free Spirit The Chiarian

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    Those are some pretty bad wounds. The green could just be bruising. Here is a link to read through Post # 9 from @threehorses for cleaning and treatment. It's a long post and I'd advise you read through it completely. There is a list of things you will need. She mentions iodine you can use that or get a bottle of Vetericyn wound and skin spray.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/230566/chicken-attacked-has-open-wound-under-wing

    It's important to get the wounds clean and disinfected. Bacteria likely has already set in so keep it clean and allow the wounds to drain.
     
  8. TherryChicken

    TherryChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Poor baby, that leg is a nasty wound
     
  9. Blingchix6

    Blingchix6 Out Of The Brooder

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    I hope she is doing okay. When my chicken got attacked, I took her to a specialist. He told me to put her in the sink twice a day and run warm water over her wounds. 10 minutes each time. Then put some antibiotic ointment on her. I was amazed at how she recovered. Keep her inside and give her high protein high calorie food. Best of luck, I hope she recovers. Chickens are tough!!!
     

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