Help! Dog attack!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by libertyfarms, May 20, 2016.

  1. libertyfarms

    libertyfarms New Egg

    Mar 16, 2016
    A neighbors little 6 or so month old puppy just attacked one of my birds... It didn't really look malicious, more playful... But it hurt her pretty bad...

    It looks like she has a pretty good puncture wound, and a spot where the skin is ripped off down to the meat... Other than that she seems to be ok...

    Is there something I should do other than quarantine her so the others don't attack her?

    Please help... Thanks

  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    I would get some Blue Kote to put on it. It's an antiseptic spray that also helps discourage pecking of the wound. I don't know if it disguises it, or how that part works, but I used it a couple of years ago when my own puppy got ahold of some of my chickens. It worked well and the birds healed nicely. I didn't really have room to separate them, so they all stayed with the flock and I didn't have any pecking problems at all.

    How did the dog get your chicken? Were the birds free ranging? Does the pup come over on a regular basis? A means of separation might be something to consider, whether that means fencing off the yard or penning the chickens. Remember - if a dog can get to them, so can any number of other predators. Hope your bird turns out OK.
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri

    Above all good.

    Keep bird in location with low light levels that is also quite, Damage is likely more than the noted puncture wound and most likely includes compression wounds. Puncture from bites very prone to going septic where topical treatments alone will not suffice. Birds with puncture wounds I treat with a broad spectrum antibiotic immediately. Make so flies can not get to bird where they might lay eggs on bird. Flies of concern are very sneaky. You will see some weight loss regardless of treatment regimen.
  4. sr26

    sr26 Out Of The Brooder

    May 14, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    Oh man, dog attacks are the worst. They happen out of nowhere, and are often unexpected. I lost a Polish bantam to a Siberian Husky when I was about 11 and the memory is still with me to this day, vividly. I am very glad to see you are more fortunate. I don't know if it is used often on chickens, but I like to use Bag Balm on my dog, and it is designed for use on cows udders. Something about it pulls the dirty bad stuff out of the wound. Would like to know if people have success with using it on chickens? You may need to separate him or her to avoid the other chickens pecking the wound for a while. I have never heard of Blue Kote, will have to look into it!
  5. libertyfarms

    libertyfarms New Egg

    Mar 16, 2016
    This particular puppy does not live close, it was just in the area when it's owner was turning some irrigation... I think it was just playfully/Curious...

    Yes, they are free ranging on our 10 Acre farm...

    Have been since we took them out of the Brooder...
  6. libertyfarms

    libertyfarms New Egg

    Mar 16, 2016
    Thanks for all the Feedback!

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