Help! My chicken was attacked! How do I care for....

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DJMCCMatthews, Sep 4, 2016.

  1. DJMCCMatthews

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    So my Chocolate Orpington Rooster was attacked sometime last night by what we think was a weasel. It didn't kill him but is comb is tore from the bottom. It's like it was ripped like you would rip a piece of paper from the back to halfway up the front. His top beak is broken much like when you break a nail. The tip is chipped off. A patch of feathers has been tore from his breast leaving the skin raw and exposed. There are a couple of smaller patches down toward his belly. My biggest concerns are his comb and beak. How do 8 care for this?

    Will post pictures within the hour.
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Flush/clean the comb and any wounds on the body with saline, Chlorhexidine (Novalsan) or Betadine or if you don't have any of those us some soapy water and rinse well. Then apply some triple antibioitc ointment (like neosporin) or Vetericyn on the wounds.

    The beak, will wait to see photos, but you may want to leave it alone for the moment.

    Edited: Hard to tell by the photos, but leave the beak alone. It will be sore, so offer some wet feed to eat or something soft like hard boiled egg mashed up.

    Make sure he is drinking - offer some vitamins in his water.

    Also check him over for any puncture wounds.
     
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    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Thanks for the better photo.
    Poor fella.

    Try to gently get the blood clean from the beak and nostrils, but don't put any ointment on the beak. They usually heal fairly well. The little strip hanging from the beak, you can try to trim it, but it may fall off in a day or two.
    Watch for signs of infection, like pus, odors or oozing.
    The comb will most likely heal the way it is, I don't know of a way to re-attach. Just keep him separated and apply your ointment and keep it clean.
     
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    I did trim that piece. Will the beak grow back? Quite a bit is missing and the fleshy part is exposed. I ended up trimming the back part of his comb because it was shredded and seemed to bother him the most. I gave him a bath in warm soapy water one I got his face clean. He was covered in blood. Used some cornstarch to aide in stopping the bleading. About to wash up one last time for now and get him comfortable.
     
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    I'm hoping he will be able to eat/drink. If we notice he isn't I will have to do it by hand. How and what should I do if that's the case?
     
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    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/805728/go-team-tube-feeding POST 15&17 show where to put tube or syringe/

     
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