Dog Attack, Chicken skinned

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by WildflowerJLH, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. WildflowerJLH

    WildflowerJLH Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was awakened by the sound of my chicken being attacked by 2 neighborhood dogs. She has a large section that was skinned, but the skin is still attached. It is like a big flap. I am trying to rinse it clean and bandage with the flap in place, so that it might re-adhere.

    She is a 1 year old GLW. The skinned area in under her left wing to tail, over her entire "hip." It probably measures 6" x 8"

    Any suggestions to prevent infection or encourage healing are appreciated.
  2. Help_battery_hens

    Help_battery_hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2011
    I would take her straight to the vets
  3. Meghalu

    Meghalu Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2011
    The Okanagan
    There are alot of threads with similar injuries and good advice. Maybe search "skinned chicken."
  4. jwg423

    jwg423 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 10, 2011
  5. WildflowerJLH

    WildflowerJLH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:There are not any vets in our area that will do anything other than cull.
  6. Daisy668

    Daisy668 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2011
    Get her straight on to anti-biotics if you can as she is quite likely to get an infection. Keep her indoors and away from the other chickens. Make sure she is still eating an drinking.
    Hope someone who knows more about this sort of stuff chimes in!
    Sorry to hear about your chicken, hope shes recovers..
    Daisy. xx
  7. Pictures would help?? I'd also pack (after cleaning wound, of course) with pain-reliever FREE neosporin to start.....
  8. Help_battery_hens

    Help_battery_hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2011
    Sorry to hear there are no vets near u. I would just provide wound care as you would to a person. Keep the wound clean and smell it to sense first signs of infection. Get antibiotics (this is a must) and if u see a white/yellow sticky substance on the wound do NOT wipe off (unless it smells of infection) because this is a type of mesh produced for the skin to develop on to. Every time this is wiped off the body has to produce more and it sets back healing. Feed extra protein as this is what the mesh is made from. Please keep updating and good luck xx
  9. Aj1911

    Aj1911 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2009
    flush 2-3 times daily with a diluted iodine solution and get a good vitamin powder for her water, keep her on them tell healed, if it starts to smell bad at all get anti-biotics, i've had deeper wounds cuased by spurs where a hens whole side was open, and i just flushed 2x's a day with iodine and she was fine with no anti-biotics

    just watch and give her TLC
  10. WildflowerJLH

    WildflowerJLH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you for all the helpful ideas. I have been flushing with a saline solution twice a day. I have been coating it with a prescription antibiotic cream anc dressing the wound. I have her in isolation with no sticky bedding like straw or pine shavings. She is on recycled cotton diapers. She seems OK, but it does not look like she ate today. She did poop, though. She gets up and moves around a little.

    Hbh, thanks for the info about the healing process. I used to work in burn treatment, so I am pretty familiar with wound care. None of you would know that, so I do appreciate the sharing of info!

    Off to perform PM wound care. We just got home from "dispatching and processing" 35 meat birds. We have another 25 to do tomorrow. Sometimes, these chickens seem to run my life!

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