Hello from new member Apolla8

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Apolla8, Nov 8, 2014.

  1. Apolla8

    Apolla8 Hatching

    Oct 25, 2014
    This is all so new for me and a tad confusing. I had left a question at BarnYardChickens about my bantam chicken, Apolla, nearly 4 weeks ago when she had been attacked by a raccoon. She sustained a great deal of damage: bodily, neurologically, and emotionally. My question had not been answered, perhaps because I sent it incorrectly, or still have no idea how to find messages yet.
    On a Sunday afternoon nearly four weeks ago, we heard her squawking, but couldn't find Apolla in the hedges, at first. We did see Athena run into the shop with the raccoon chasing her. The raccoon had a mass of feathers in his/her mouth. After finding Apolla back behind some lower branches, we brought her inside the shop to assess damages. Her back and under her right wing she was bloody and raw. I could go on forever listing the damages. We cleaned her wounds with hydrogen peroxide and just held her until she seemed to breathe a bit easier.
    We took her to our vet the very next morning (this happened on a Sunday) Apolla could not walk. Our vet said that the raccoon had tried to break Apolla's neck, but instead only fractured it. She couldn't hold up her head. Her left leg could not straighten, but instead curled up under her. However, the bleeding had stopped and the vet gave us antibiotic spray, fashioned a "neck brace" for her, gave her a shot of antibiotic, about a week's supply of antibiotic pills and told us to buy baby food and force feed her since there had also appeared to be damage to her beak. Our vet wished us luck and told us that such injuries may never heal, especially the neurological ones.
    For nearly 4 weeks we worked with her bad leg, fed her baby food mixed with millet, and did "physical therapy" on her several times a day. We fashioned a "cage" to protect her from Athena's curiosity.
    Yesterday, Apolla walked, by herself, and began to eat our love bird's treat. The seeds are small enough (and tasty enough) so Apolla can peck at it and actually get a few grains all by herself. Since then, she has been out of her "cage," munching on treat (she still is awkward trying to eat millet) and having grooming parties with Athena.
    Our vet has called several times to get updates on Apolla's condition. We plan on making an appointment Monday morning (November 10, 2014) to have the good Doc do an assessment on her progress. Boy! Won't he be surprised!!
  2. christine9

    christine9 Songster

    Jun 25, 2013
    South Carolina
    Wow! What a great story!!! And welcome!

    Check out the learning center if you haven't already. It will help get you started. And post any specific questions you have.
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you joined the flock. What a story about Apolla!! You sure have shown some great determination to get her through this traumatic ordeal with all those injuries. Hope all goes well for you at the vets and that she continues to make a good recovery.
    Be sure to ask any questions you may have everyone here to help.
    The above link may be a good place for you to post any specific questions on Apollas injuries I'm sure you will get info :frow
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

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

    WOW!! I just love a predator attack story with a wonderful ending!! You obviously did a wonderful job at taking good care of her!! Many times it is the supportive care they get after trauma that saves them. Excellent!!

    I hope she continues to make a full recovery!! [​IMG]
  5. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] An amazing story‚Ķglad you have a local vet who treats chickens and you obviously have the skills to give such great care. Here's hoping for a full recovery.
  6. 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.
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Glad your hen is recovering!
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Love and your great nursing is the reason she is doing so well. Raccoons are one of the worst predators, if they can only snag a body part through fencing, they will eat it off on the spot. They cause horrible injuries and death, every chance they get. As long as it knows you still have birds, it will be back. You may want to check out the predator threads for advice on dealing with them. Glad she is doing well and Welcome to Backyard chickens.

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