Dog attack

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by hananh, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. hananh

    hananh Hatching

    Nov 5, 2014
    My dog bit one of my chickens around the neck and head area. The chicken
    Is walking around fine now, but has lost some feathers from her
    Neck. But she has also lost the comb from her head. Someone told me
    She can't live with out this. Is it true?:/:/:/
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So sorry about the dog attack. Yes, they can live without a comb. Combs help to keep the bird cool in the summer time. Combs are wonderful indicators of health however they serve no purpose in keeping the bird alive. Give her a really good overall exam to make sure she is not hurt anywhere else.

    Watch her closely and be ready with antibiotics in case she turns up with an infection. Some Penicillin or Baytril will help with any complications.
  3. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    X2 on Two Crows.

    Sorry about the attack![​IMG] Combs are body heat generators. They help keep the chicken warm in winter and cool in summer.

    Is she walking, breathing and eating normally?

    Good luck!
  4. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Crowing

    X2. She should be fine as long as it doesn't get infected and is able to heal up.

    Combs do not generate body heat, they disperse it as TwoCrows mentioned. Nice to have a comb but they can certainly live just fine without one.
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Hope your hen heals up OK.
  6. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us.

    So sorry about the injury and wish her a speedy recovery.

    Sure you have already thought of this…but just want to be sure you change whatever gave your dog access to the chickens.
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.

    I'm sorry about your bird! She should be fine, as long as she doesn't get any infection. Good luck with her!
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. As the other members have said, chickens can live without the combs. More importantly than the loss of the comb is making sure that your dog cannot ever attack any of your chickens again. As many BYC members will tell you (some to their own sorrow), dogs and chickens do not generally mix well. My new members have express shock and horror when their seemingly benign dog suddenly and unexpectedly chased and killed their chickens. Once a dog has done this, it is next to impossible to break them from doing it again. You need to make sure that either your chickens are in a predator proof coop/run, or else that your dog is in an escape proof fence. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock (and your dog).
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I'm sorry about your hen. [​IMG]I hope she recovers!
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Your poor hen , at least she survived - usually dog + chickens = dead chickens Please don't let your dog have a second opportunity

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