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HELP!!! My hens got attacked!!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cajun chicken, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. cajun chicken

    cajun chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure what happened but one of my SLW got attacked by something, probably a dog. I was asleep, worked last night. Woke up and found 2 missing a bunch of feathers. One is ok just feathers missing. The other has a large chunk of skin and meat missing on her back. I'm not sure what to do......Can yall help???? I've heard of blue kote, what about neosporin? She is in a separate pen right now. [​IMG][/IMG]
     
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  3. cajun chicken

    cajun chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So after talking to the local vet,my wife and I super glued the skin shut after a thorough cleaning with peroxide. She did great, stayed calm the whole time. Do yall think I should give her antibiotics? The wound was really clean
     
  4. deacons

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    Glad your girl came through the attack and has a chance to heal.

    I've never heard of the superglue treatment, so can't comment on that.

    If helpful to you or others in the future: I probably would have gone with first flushing out/cleaning thoroughly with something like betadine, and then applied Neosporin (only use the kind with no pain reliever- any ingredients that end in "caine" are harmful to chickens). Depending on your other chickens, applying something like Blue-Kot may be needed to prevent pecking. I'd check it daily to see if it was showing signs of infection, and would likely reapplying Neosporin daily for a few days if it seemed to be healing reasonably well.

    What did the vet suggest you look for to determine it's healing with the superglue treatment?
     
  5. cajun chicken

    cajun chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! The vet said to look for swelling or pus around the cut for the next few days.
     
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    deacons Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That makes sense. Good luck with her! Hope she heals up fine. It's amazing what power these creatures have to heal themselves after things like this.

    Please do let us know how she does- so often, these medical threads never share the end of the story and we're left wondering how everyone's doing! ;)
     
  7. cajun chicken

    cajun chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will keep you guys updated. Thank you for your help and concern. Question...what do you know about vetramycin?
     
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    I had one of my chickens attacked by the neighbors dog a month ago...ripped her back skin off, revealing a totally raw back with teeth marks. This was the first time I had anything like this happen, and was beside myself. I had no help, had an injured right hand, and was expecting company that evening. Finally, my neighbor came home and she helped me hold the chicken while i washed her wounds with half peroxide & half water. I put raw honey on the wound afterward. (have heard that raw honey is a wonderful antiviral/antibacterial treatment and also confirmed it with the emergency vet on the phone, since it was a Sunday afternoon. Next day, took the chicken to a recommended aviary vet an hour away, he began administering pain & antibiotic shots. We had to return in three days, and are now on a weekly regime of just laser treatments My Suzie is doing quite well, but she is living in the cellar in my dog's crate. I just don't know when I can re-introduce her to the flock, especially, because the weather is progressively getting colder up here in the Green Mountains of VT. So this topic is of interest to me right now as well. I have a very expensive hen on my hands. She is still on antibiotic drops every other day, and after starting out with a fever the first week, she is doing very well at this point. Hope yours does as well. (photo is after three weeks)
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  9. deacons

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    I use vetricyn extensively on all my chicken wounds and cuts, and also on my horse. I have found it very successful for encouraging fast, clean healing.
     
  10. cajun chicken

    cajun chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! Sorry to hear about your hen, hopefully she is getting better and you as well. I took the advice of my vet about super gluing, it looks like it sealed the cut up really nice. Your hens injury looks much larger than mine so it probably wouldn't have worked for you. She's in a large dog kennel in my garage for a few days until I think it's ok for her to go back with the flock.
     
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