Fish tetracycline for hen attacked by opossum?


8 Years
Sep 17, 2011
I apologize in advance if this question has already been asked and answered.

I'm heartbroken. An opossum got into my henhouse night before last and killed one of my hens. Yesterday, I found that another hen, Florentine, had been wounded in the attack. A largish flap of skin ( about the size of half a teacup) was hanging underneath her left wing. She's favoring the left leg, but it doesn't appear to be damaged or broken. The wound was relatively clean - very little bleeding. Her tissue is visible, but not injured.

My daughter (who is in nursing school) and I brought her inside, carefully disinfected the wound and skin and sealed the skin back with Dermabond. Florentine is resting comfortably, and is eating and drinking well.

My question is, should I give her oral antibiotics? I have fish tetracycline, 250 mg capsulis. If so, what dosage? I thought I might scramble up an egg and mix the powder in it.

I would take her to the vet, but have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and face huge medical bills. Also, I just finished paying off a $500 vet bill from a previous attack ;)

Thank you so much in advance for any guidance you can provide.



Premium Feather Member
11 Years
Apr 3, 2011
southern Ohio
Antibiotics are not always necessary for wounds after they have been cleaned. Veteicyn spray or Neosporin ointment is good to use on the wounds. Usually for a dirty wound that a vet does not suture, I would not close, but since your daughter knows about aseptic technique, it may be fine. Just watch for any signs of infections--pus or other drainage, redness, or a fowl odor in the wound. Wounds like these tend to heal pretty well. Just make sure that she is eating and drinking normally, and give her a little egg or tuna for some extra protein. Id you want to treat with tetracycline, most people use Duramycin 10 or oxyteracycline in the water.

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