1. julesisthehen

    julesisthehen Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 5, 2014
    A dog today attacked my chickens and 3 are missing, 4 are fine, and 1 I found in the coop with feathers missing from her back. She seems to be doing okay, is walking around with a slightly droopy wing, I think her foot may be a little scratched, but my main concern is her back. Her cushion feathers on her back are all missing, the skin looks fine, but in the middle of her back there is a bloody spot with a little bit of weepy fluid. I don't think the gash is very deep and I have her isolated in the coop for now, I am wondering on advice to keep it clean and keep her alive. Still hoping the others turn up, but not a very high likelihood.
  2. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 9, 2009
    I am so very sorry to hear of this news...

    Do you have any betadine solution that you can apply to the wounds on your chicken?

    It may well be that others are in hiding right now due to the predator attack..they may well return in the next few days...hopefully so:

    If you do not have any betadine...do you have any honey in your house? You can apply honey to wounds...it is anti bacterial and may well help her in the meantime...

    You need to look at your set up...how did a dog enter your property ?

    Do you know who owns the dog ?

    Your chickens are the priority right now...a predator is likely to return...

    You need to look at how to protect your chickens from such a dreadful attack

    I am sure somebody else will give you advice in helping to prevent this dreadful kind of occurence from happening agan...

    I wish you and your flock well

    Last edited: Oct 22, 2015
  3. julesisthehen

    julesisthehen Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 5, 2014
    The dog escaped from someone's car, I applied neosporin to the wound and gave her food, water, and coconut water. She seems to be doing okay, I think most of the blood was from the feathers being ripped out, I don't see any gaping wounds. For now she is in a cat carrier with shavings and we are keeping her inside so she doesn't freeze. It's a little disappointing because she just finished molting too! Of the 3 missing, one turned up unhurt and the other 2 were killed. Fortunately, of the 2 killed, one was an 8-9 year old silkie who survived one dog attack, and the other was a rooster my family except for me wasn't especially fond of. I think she should pull through, I'm just wondering how long it will take for her feathers to grow back yet again.

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