Help- My chicken got swiped by a racoon

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by happychickengirls, May 19, 2010.

  1. happychickengirls

    happychickengirls In the Brooder

    Mar 21, 2010
    Well question for all of you out there. Yesterday my chicken got attacked by a racoon. I cant really tell how bad the damage is because she will not let me near her right now. She is a free range bird. I can see there is a big patch of feathers missing right around the wing area but I cant get close enough right now to see how bad the damage really is. So I am wondering when she finally calms down and I can see area better is there anything I can do right away??? If anyone has had any experience with this please share- thanks.[​IMG][​IMG]

  2. AndreaS

    AndreaS Songster

    Mar 5, 2010
    Hurdle Mills, NC
    I always hate seeing these posts...poor girl!

    I have never had this happen, but have read lots of posts similar to yours. Do a search on the forum under "raccoon attack"
    and then on "chicken first aid"

    I think it is very important that you catch her and clean her wounds if there are any. Keep her in a cat carrier/dog crate or something like that so you can observe her and get to her to clean the wounds. I have heard of people using betadine (sp?) and diluted peroxide to flush out wounds with a turkey baster....and neosporin to help for wound care and you should be able to get more detailed information. All i know for certain is you dont want to you anything with a pain reliever "-cain" in the ingredients, like neosporin with pain relief....because it is toxic to chickens.

    Hopefully someone with more experience will chime in, but until then i would search the forum and try as much as you can to catch her and clean any open wounds, you don't want it to get infected.

    Good luck [​IMG]
  3. daytonfarm

    daytonfarm Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    I had a hen attacked by a dog that riped her up pretty good. I filled the whole large area with melaluca oil antibiotic ointment. I only did this one time, but I filled the whole area totally. She wouldn't let me mess with it after that, but she grew her feathers back in beautifully, never went off feed. I did keep her seperate at night the first few nights to make sure no one picked on her, but she free ranged during the day with the rest of them. She did get yogurt every day also. Hope this helps
  4. happychickengirls

    happychickengirls In the Brooder

    Mar 21, 2010
    Thanks for the help guys!!! I appreciate the posts very much!!!
  5. AndreaS

    AndreaS Songster

    Mar 5, 2010
    Hurdle Mills, NC
    Quote:No problem! I've received a ton of help on this forum. I just found an article on wound care and will copy and post it below. I hope im not breaking any rules was from a post on this forum.

    How is she today??
    Last edited: May 21, 2010
  6. AndreaS

    AndreaS Songster

    Mar 5, 2010
    Hurdle Mills, NC
    From the National Poultry News

    As poultry owners, we're very familiar with the
    proverbial "pecking order" and the fights that result
    from it. Too often those chicken wars, or others,
    will cause injuries in the flock - flesh wounds - and
    we're left to take care of our injured birds. Here
    are some hints that I hope will help you in the
    moments where you have a flock in need of nursing.

    Since many poultry wounds are caused by a peck, a
    spur, a claw, or something else dirty, germs often get
    deep into the wounds during the injury time. We try
    to get them all out during the cleansing of the wound,

    but sometimes we're just not as good at it as we'd
    like. The result is a weepy wound. But it's
    necessary for the healing of the wound that we
    do our best to prevent that situation.

    Iodine is great for initially cleansing most wounds
    because of its strong antibacterial benefits, but in
    the case of deeper wounds one has to be careful. A
    good habit is to cleanse the wound with hydrogen
    peroxide (which bubbles out bits that we can't see),
    then follow that with what I call "Iodine Tea".

    Iodine Tea, a solution used frequently at vet
    clinics to irrigate (wash out) wounds is just enough
    iodine mixed into warm water until it's a tea color.
    You then use that in a syringe without the needle to
    strongly squirt into the wound several times. That
    ensures that the iodine is getting deep into the wound
    to kill bacteria.

    After cleansing the wound thoroughly, it's best to dry
    it out so that the dressing you use next will adhere
    to the wound better.

    I recommend keeping a wound open and dry (especially
    in the summer time) so that the air can get down into
    it. Most of your bad wound bacteria are anaerobic (in
    other words, they hate air - love the lack of air)
    and they thrive in closed conditions.

    There's an old addage "dry wound-wet dressing, wet
    wound-dry dressing" that applies. Especially with
    chickens in the winter, one normally has
    to be wary of using wet ointments because the birds
    can chill easily.
    Small spots of it are certainly acceptable, however.
    Because of the nasty nature of chickens, most wounds
    are wet (weepy) so we do dry dressings like Furox
    spray (yellow powder, otherwise known as furoxazone)
    or blue lotions like Anti-Pick lotion, or other
    livestock lotions which dry to a blue film.

    Some people are concerned with the openness of a wound
    and consider stitching as an option. The problem with
    SOME stitching, however, is that it creates a pocket
    and closes the wound up from air.
    Because of that, it is always best to let a
    Veterinarian or someone experienced do that work.
    Often a vet will leave a drain tube in a deep
    wound so that the resulting pus has an outlet. In
    any case, stitched wounds require a very careful

    Often when skin dies, the resulting dead (necrotic)
    skin has to be abrided (cleaned off) because there's
    really no need for it and it begins to break down. It
    is also common for there to be infection inside the
    wound that isn't obvious from the outside. If that
    happens, you have a serious situation which can result
    in blood infection and death of the bird. So, you can
    see, that if you are dealing with an injury of that
    magnitute it would be best to get a vet or experienced
    stockman involved.

    When a wound is open, you have the chance to be able
    to examine it more easily and less chance of anaerobic
    infection. Actually, you would be surprised just how
    large a wound can heal with feathers and all!

    On a personal note, I once saved a hen from the jaws
    of a chow. She had a wound so deep on her back that
    you could see the entirety of one side of her spinal
    cord wrapping (I'll never forget the silver sheen).
    She was a lucky girl, but it was a large wound.

    When using wet ointments, flies found the wound and
    left their eggs deep deep in the ointment. When they
    hatched, I had a nasty surprise and an even nastier
    task. When the wound was recleaned, I took the old
    standard vet advice and used a dry would dressing
    instead, aerosol furox so that it would get deep into
    the wound, and from that point onwards
    the wound healed fantastically.

    This wound was a good 2 inches long, 1.5 inches wide,
    and at least an inch deep. The hen feathered up
    completely and led a very happy chow-free life til her
    last days here at the house. Chickens heal from wounds


    You can do the same with your injured chickens. It
    doesn't take a surgeon or a master-poultryman to take
    good care of a wound. It just takes a little
    understanding of how wounds work, a close watchful
    eye, and a willingness to take the bird to a vet if
    you intend to keep it and if the wound is more than
    you can handle easily.

    Hopefully with these tools, now, you'll be able to
    face a poultry wound with more confidence and more
    success. I wish you all the best with your flock.

    Nathalie Ross
    Houston, TX

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