Dog attack

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by archerobx, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. archerobx

    archerobx Chillin' With My Peeps

    510
    2
    153
    Feb 4, 2009
    Pa
    Got home and got a message on the machine that one of my chickens got out and in the neighbors yard and his dogs "played" it.

    well turns out it wasnt one of mine, Have no clue where it came from but I want to take care of it.

    Bird is golden in color and appears to be healthy prior to "playing"
    Bird cannot walk and left leg moves but not weight baring. Left leg also has several puncture wounds but they do not appear to go into the meat.
    Tail has several feathers missing and several abrasions
    Lower back has a deep puncture wound, obvious into meat. very little if any blood.

    So far all I did was put bird in coop. Its late and dark. wifes at work and i got two kiddos.

    Please tell me if this correct:
    Plan on trimming feathers around wound and treating with pine tar.
    Give some sugar water and try to get her to eat.


    Was wondering about antibiotics and should I seperate her.

    Appreciate it. Have no clue where it came from.

    thank you
    Ryan
     
  2. Shiningfeather

    Shiningfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

    505
    0
    139
    Feb 7, 2009
    hill country texas
    Yes you need to seperate her from your birds asap. If you have a dog crate bring her in the house where you can evaluate her, flush all wounds with saline solution.
     
  3. archerobx

    archerobx Chillin' With My Peeps

    510
    2
    153
    Feb 4, 2009
    Pa
    thanks
     
  4. mylittlezoo

    mylittlezoo Poppy Creek Farm

    631
    1
    149
    Mar 16, 2009
    GA
    A shot of antibiotics would probably not hurt, if you have any. Always good to zap any problems early on. Dog wounds are not a good thing.
     
  5. Shiningfeather

    Shiningfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

    505
    0
    139
    Feb 7, 2009
    hill country texas
    After cleaning the wounds you can put some neosporin without pain reliever in it, on the wounds. make sure her leg is not broken by feeling for the bone. Feel if it is straight. If it is not broke it just may take a few days till she can stand on it again. If it is you will need to make a splint for her. Give her feed and water in the box with her at all times if you can. I have found they will not always eat when I say it is time but if they can on their own they will when they need to. You should get some probotics for her also. Such as yogart.

    Hopefully some one else will chime in here to help.
     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2009
  6. archerobx

    archerobx Chillin' With My Peeps

    510
    2
    153
    Feb 4, 2009
    Pa
    Thanks.
    She or he (it) was asleep in the coop when i went out, on the floor. Put her in a cage with straw, food and water. its in my laundry room. Trimmed feathers, cleaned wounds, applied bactrin to them. Leg feels straight, no crepidous. kept falling asleep when i was working, didnt like when I examined underside but i held it in my arm it feel back asleep. dont know if shock or just normal. didnt mind me handeling it at all.
    I dont have antibiotic laying around. Should I wait till she shows signs or go to tractor supply, If so what do i get?

    thanks again
     
  7. Shiningfeather

    Shiningfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

    505
    0
    139
    Feb 7, 2009
    hill country texas
    See if you can get some poly-visol without iron today and dribble on its beak to get some in her. I have to go to work so see if you can PM threehorses with a link to this thread so she can read what you have done to this point. I am not sure on an antibiotic that you should or would want to give at this point. See if you can get her to drink and eat some layer mash with water mixed in today so she keeps her strength up.

    I hope someone else can chime in here to help you. I will chech your post when I get home tonight to see if they did.

    Wanted to add that the sleeping may be caused because of some shock. Keep her in a warm draft free area if you can.
     
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2009
  8. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    20,149
    291
    401
    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Threehorses has posted a wound care article several times. I think she usually recommends penicillin for dog or cat bites. Yes, I think it is worth a trip to the feed store to get the antibiotic.
     
  9. LovinMyHensInNC!

    LovinMyHensInNC! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi there! I applaud you for taking in someone else s injured chicken.

    I don't have a great deal of experience with injured chickens but I currently have a hen in my laundry room still recovering from a hawk attack (I think) that happened 11 days ago. You can see my post for pictures and the replies I got... they helped a ton.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=256327&p=1

    After the first cleaning, I re-cleaned with iodine and I found a GREAT product called Nu-Stock. You only have to apply it every three days and it is suppose to prevent the growth of bacteria and it heals from the inside out. I did not give my hen antibiotics b/c I couldn't find any. She is doing great and I am planning on putting her back outside in about another week (once her feathers grow back a little more).

    Oh, and don't worry too much if she is not eating or drinking. The first couple of days I had to give my hen water with vitamins in a dropper and it took her more that 7 days to get her appetite back.

    Good luck!
     
  10. Shiningfeather

    Shiningfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

    505
    0
    139
    Feb 7, 2009
    hill country texas
    Do you have any update archerobx ???
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by