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Help! My chicken was attacked! Serious injury!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Crazy4Fowl, Jan 9, 2016.

  1. Crazy4Fowl

    Crazy4Fowl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 20, 2014
    My duck coop
    My barred rock chicken was attacked last night and really injured what can I do to save her?
  2. beb444

    beb444 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 16, 2015
    Northern CA
    You could put some ointment on it, I would google that. But definitely separate her!! Bring her in, or in a different house or something!! Chickens love the color red and they will just bug her wound and make it worse! I'm not sure if a chicken apron would be good or not because it might rub against her wound, but it would definitely protect it. Spoil her and tend to her though!! But please separate her!!
  3. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 24, 2009
    Don't worry... that is not too bad... the hen will heal up fine and all her feathers will grow back you will not be able to tell it ever happened.

    Above poster is correct... you must separate her to stop the other hens pecking at her wounds.

  4. Mr Beaks

    Mr Beaks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2015
    Valley Springs, Ca.
    Poor girl. I've had my fair share of injured birds so I know how you feel. The only other advice I would give in addition to the above posts is to irrigate the wounds to kill any bacteria before putting on ointment. You could use a watered down betaine solution or something like vetericyn wound spray found at feed stores and then apply a triple antibiotic ointment (without the pain reliever or "caine") like neosporin. As the others mentioned, you most definitely want to separate her until her wounds heal as even her best buddy will become curious and pick at it. Hope this helps and please keep us updated.
  5. Crazy4Fowl

    Crazy4Fowl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 20, 2014
    My duck coop
    Yep I separated her. She is in our house in a box. We put some ointment on her, I hope she is going to be ok.
  6. beb444

    beb444 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 16, 2015
    Northern CA
    You have done everything right, you are lucky the wound isn't too bad. I think she'll be fine, make sure she has plenty of food and water and love from you since she's separated from her flock:)
  7. Sue Gremlin

    Sue Gremlin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2013
    It looks terrible, the poor thing. The key is to keep it from being attacked by other chickens while the skin regenerates. Hopefully she will not pick at it herself. If I am looking at it correctly, it looks like she had a good bit of skin torn away, leaving only the fat layer underneath. Maybe even her preen gland was torn off? The only way for this to heal is by second intention, which means supporting her while she does her own healing.

    I would try to remove (pluck, not shave) the feathers around the wound (if possible to do without causing more trauma) and put her on a regime of Tylan injectable (or another broad spectrum antibiotic, whichever works for you). Chickens are pretty tough, though. She may surprise you.

    Watch her carefully for depression and anorexia. If she's active and eating and her comb stays nice and red the way it looks in your photos, you're good.

    Good luck.
  8. heatherlaw

    heatherlaw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2015
    Roseville, California
    Just wondering if your hen made it. I have one with this same injury today and am wondering how she did
  9. MeepMeeps

    MeepMeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2015
    Long Island, NY
    Poor girl, how is she doing?
  10. Daedric Rooster

    Daedric Rooster Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 14, 2015
    One of our hens got attacked by a hawk once. If you clean it and put ointment on it, and put a bandage on, she will probably get better. Keep her separated so the other hens and roo don't peck her. I hope she gets better!

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