HELP chicken traumatised!

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My chicken was attacked by a fox and saw her friend get killed. It appears as though there is only a small wound that has already scabbed over. I’ve been using salt water to clean the wound, what else should I use? Also she tries to stand but loses balance so has been laid down the whole day. She doesn’t want to drink water, how much water should I be trying to force feed her? Thanks
 

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My chicken was attacked by a fox and saw her friend get killed. It appears as though there is only a small wound that has already scabbed over. I’ve been using salt water to clean the wound, what else should I use? Also she tries to stand but loses balance so has been laid down the whole day. She doesn’t want to drink water, how much water should I be trying to force feed her? Thanks


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I'm sorry that your hen was killed. It sounds like the other one is injured if she's having difficulty with balance and laying down.
Look her over for other injuries.
Hold a cup of water or electrolytes to her beak to see if she can drink on her own.

Photos of the hen and her injuries would be good.
 

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It can be good to follow wound cleaning with a bit of plain Neosporin or Triple Antibiotic Ointment or similar twice a day. Internal injury is possible when attacked by a predator. A hard hit or squeezing pressure could have been possible. Look for any hidden puncture wounds which could fester and abscess.
 

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Do not neglect to treat for shock as this component in injury from a predator attack can kill a chicken as easily as an infected wound. @Wyorp Rock nailed it when suggesting electrolytes.

Shock can mimic injury to the nervous system. A chicken displaying symptoms of neurological injury, imbalance and partial paralysis, often recovers dramatically when given sugar water and electrolytes.
 

Chad Oftedal

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@azygous When treating for shock, how long do you wait before possibly syringe feeding some water to the shocked bird? I have a pretty similar situation that happened on Friday evening, though my bird has full balance and mobility. I have electrolyte water available to her on the floor of the coop where she seems content on staying. I don't mean to stray topic on OP here, I'm just wondering if there are some general rules of thumb as I know water intake is very important.
 

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