HELP! Skunk ate skin and muscle off head of injured chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SonjaG, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. SonjaG

    SonjaG Hatching

    Dec 1, 2011
    Last night I went out to close the door on the coop and noticed that a skunk was milling around the chicken yard. We have a chicken with an injured leg that is not always able to get into the coop, so I picked it up to put in the coop. When I did this I noticed that it was missing some of the feathers on it's head. This morning in the day light I am noticing that it is a lot worse than I thought. The skin and muscle is gone from the back of the chickens head and I can see the white of it's skull. This hen is about 7 months old, I don't think it has laid an egg yet, is a cross between rode island red and barred rock. She was born with a deformed leg (I now think it was splay leg) but by the time I got the chick is was too late to do anything (Chick was hatched at a preschool). She is smaller than the rest of the chickens but is able to move around in the run. I have taken her inside, she is drinking electrolytic and eating food. I tried to put some neosporin on her head and this looked like it was painful for her and difficult for me to "touch" her skull. Has anyone had a chicken who has recovered from this type of injury? I would hate for her to have a long painful recovery that results in death. Trying to decide what the best thing to do is. HELP!

    SonjaG Mom of 2 boys and 4 chickens who just laid their first 2 eggs 2 days ago!

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  2. Stephanie739

    Stephanie739 Songster

    Oct 7, 2011
    Oh my. I only hope I don't have to deal with something like this. What would I do....hmmmmm. I would take it to the vet to have her put down. That sounds far too painful and serious. I have not gotten to the point of culling my own (yet) [​IMG]
  3. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Songster

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    I agree, it's probably best at this point to have her put down [​IMG] I don't think she will be able to regenerate muscle and tissue leaving her skull exposed will leave her very vulnerable to head trauma.
  4. SonjaG

    SonjaG Hatching

    Dec 1, 2011
    Chicken died [​IMG]
  5. coyotesmommy

    coyotesmommy Songster

    Jun 13, 2011
    oh I am soo sorry Sonja.[​IMG] God rest that poor lil soul [​IMG]

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