Help a dog just got my chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jensfunfarm, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. Jensfunfarm

    Jensfunfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    She is missing a a large amount feathers and has a bite mark. I have seperated her from the flock but not sure what to do now.
     
  2. soler

    soler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wash the wound with some saline solution, or just plain water to rinse out any debris. Spray the area with betadine, or xenodine (avoid alcohol or anything with lidocaine etc), those antiseptics are great because they prevent fungal and bacterial infections too. Apply neosporin to the area.

    If the bite is very deep you really have to wash it carefully and saturate with the neosporin, you don't want an infection to develop. is the bite small or is there skin hanging etc? you may need to stitch it up or use veterinary glue.
     
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  3. Jensfunfarm

    Jensfunfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    After doing some research online I wiped away any loose feathers and cleaned her up. There seems to be just one puncture wound which has stopped bleeding. I had bag balm and applied that to her skin where all her feathers had been plucked and the wound. Ive got her in a dog crate for the night. Thank you
     
  4. soler

    soler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do you have any antibiotic cream like neosporin to put on the wound? that would be really good.
     
  5. KrisH

    KrisH Chillin' With My Peeps

    BLUE KOTE, Wonderful stuff, just don't get it on your skin unless you don't mind looking like you are part smurf! spray or dauber bottle. Keeps others from picking at it and disinfects and protects.

    RobertH
     
  6. ddavison

    ddavison New Egg

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    Bag balm is a good place to start if that is all you have on hand. I certainly won't hurt. Blue kote is also good, although I have heard it helps with the pecking I haven't had good luck with that (my now purple chicken is a the bottom of the pecking list). Just be sure to keep her in a clean environment and keep an eye on her for awhile. Good luck and don't forget the food and water while she recovering.
     
  7. warriorchick

    warriorchick Out Of The Brooder

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    I've read if you do use neosporin, don't use the pain relief kind- something in it is not good for chickens.
     
  8. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    The pain relief that is toxic to birds is any "caine" type pain relief like the lidocaine already mentioned. Other types of pain relief are OK.

    Here's a thread with some good information. Read post #16 by three horses. good stuff there, but the entire thread is good.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/203024/cat-attack-hen-skin-ripped-pic-graphic-help-please

    Keep her inside, warm and in dim light while she heals. Don't put her back into the flock until she is healed.

    Imp- Good luck
     
  9. pigeonguy

    pigeonguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Use ichthammol drawing salve it is black salve that smells like tar. You can get it at TSC.
    Did not matter what animal on the farm including children got hurt ma Burkholder put this on and it healed with no infections. Not sure if the other chickens will pick on the injured hen but I do know this stuff smells bad as do all good medicines and if I was another chicken I would stay away from her.
     

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