Help! Adog bite one of my chickens!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bigkris, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. bigkris

    bigkris New Egg

    Sep 18, 2008
    My dads dog bit one of my Barred Rock hens. She has a tear above her left wing and the wing is half limp.She also has a limp. last night she stayed huddled up she's out this morning but is just sitting in the yard. Should I put something on it? I know if it gets red, pussy or foul smelling she is done, what can I do???
  2. Shiningfeather

    Shiningfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2009
    hill country texas
    Bring her in and flush it out, you don't want maggots to get in it. ASAP Hopefully other more experienced will chime in with what meds to use.
  3. Freebie

    Freebie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2007
    Bloomingdale, MI
    definately get it cleaned out with some water. saline if you have it. I have never used anything different for cleaning wounds on the chickens. if it is an open wound I used blue cote to keep the others from pecking her. If it is very bad, I would seperate her from the others.
  4. Nif

    Nif Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    I just got done tending a huge wound and had great success. Threehorses was my mentor. Please follow these simple rules and you will be fine:
    1-Clean it really really well. Use saline solution (like for contacts) If you don't have that, clean ONE TIME with hydrogen peroxide, and then flush right away with an iodine solution (or saline). Make the iodine solution look like ice tea.
    2-Put neosporin or anti bacterial ointment on the wounds (pat dry after cleaning with clean paper towel)
    Do not use the stuff with pain reliever, it is toxic to chickens.
    3-Bring her inside for a few days until she gets her strength back. I put mine in a large box or dog crate with towels...not shavings, you don't want the shavings to get stuck in the wounds.
    4-Give her some wet down chicken crumbles, yogurt, maybe some tasty fruits (grapes or watermelon...but don't go overboard) or oatmeal and applesauce, you can also try honey. (my hen was not eating for a day but loved milk soaked can put a little honey in the mix too)
    5-supply fresh water, and it wouldn't hurt to do some electrolytes or gatorade.

    Hope this helps! The most important thing is number one...clean it well!

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