first time chicken owner


In the Brooder
Jul 20, 2016
Lake butler florida
Hi my name is amanda and im 22 years old from lake butler florida. I just aquired my first chicken i do not know the age. She is a barred rock hen. My boyfriend stopped a dog from attacking her. She only recived minor wonds thank god. I need as much advice as possible as she is my first chicken. Currently im nursing her back to full health
Hello there and welcome to BYC!

Oh I am so sorry about your Barred Rock!
Make sure her wounds do not infect. Even if they are minor, they could cause trouble. You can use neosporin (without the pain killer) or some other antibiotic lotion on her wounds. If they are deep, I would get her on antibiotics just in case...something like PenG injections or if you don't know how to give injections, you can give her Amoxicillin orally.

Do you have her on chicken feed yet? For now you can feed her cooked, warmed and chopped hard boiled eggs. All the building blocks of life in an egg and is great emergency food for sick birds. She will need a Layer feed of some sort when you do purchase her food. You can feed her a bit of greens, veggies or cabbage and such. Here is a treats chart you can find other things she may like to eat...

They can go into shock easily after injury, so keep her in a quiet room with without bright lights. You might put a ticking clock in the room with her. Birds really find the ticking soothing. Don't handle her much until she feels better. Keep up with good supportive care.

You might stop by our learning center for lots of great reading on all the aspects of caring for your new bird...

And if you do find she is taking a turn for the worse, please do post in our emergency section for more help with her...

Well, I hope she pulls through!! Keep us posted!!

And welcome to our flock! :)
2 Crows has given you excellent advice, so I will just say Welcome to Backyard chickens, thank you for joining the flock.
Welcome to BYC!! You will quickly find out the enthusiasm, knowledge, and experience of the BYC members. I, like you am new to the whole chicken world. I've learned so much about raising chickens in just the past three months by reading, posting, and following the threads and forums of the website.Don't hesitate to ask questions and I wish your BR a speedy and full recovery.
Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. You may wish to consider getting a couple of pals for her, once she is well as chickens are social animals and thrive in company.

Good luck

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