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Fox attack, wounded chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mcdaid36, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. mcdaid36

    mcdaid36 Songster

    Mar 16, 2008
    Putnam County, NY
    We had a fox attack this evening (our first), lost 3 chickens, and have one that is wounded. She has some puncture wounds on her neck, which aren't too bad, they're not bleeding, but she does have an open wound on her back. It's about an inch long slice through the skin. I cleaned it with just some warm water, and will put some SWAT antiseptic (mainly used for horses) on it, but other than that, I don't know what to do about it.

    She's currently in a cardboard box in our house, in a nice quiet spot but she can still hear the baby chicks we have peeping away, and she has some water, but she's really in shock. Of course that's understandable! She doesn't want to move much. Is there anything I can give her for the pain? Maybe some crushed up aspirin in her water?

    I guess we'll see how she is in the morning, if she makes it through the night. I would think the first 24 hours are the most critical.
    Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

  2. chickflick

    chickflick Crowing

    Mar 10, 2007
    I don't know, but wanted to bump this so someone will see this and help out. Good Luck.
  3. Renee

    Renee Songster

    May 7, 2008
    I don't know anything about wounds, but there was a thread yesterday (?) about an injured hen and someone had a recipe for sterile saline solution, where you boiled the water and salt and cooled it to bathe the wound.

    Others say to use "Betadine tea" which is Betadine watered down to the color of tea.

    I have also heard people use Neosporin (plain, not the one with "pain relief") to dress wounds.

    There is a recipe for aspirin water for chickens somewhere on the site as well, you may want to do a search for it.

    Sorry I'm not more helpful: I have to start writing all of this stuff down!

    Good luck.

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