Help with injured hen after fox attack

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Finchley, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. Finchley

    Finchley New Egg

    Oct 17, 2011
    Sadly, a fox attacked my three chickens yesterday leaving two dead and one (my beloved Coffee) with a bite injury at the back of her neck.
    Since the attack she refuses to eat or drink and would not leave the comfort of her coop. She's walking, keeping her head up and even laid an egg this morning, but feather keep coming off her and she's clearly badly distress.

    My questions are:
    1. What should I do to treat the bite injury?
    2. What can I do to help her (and me) overcome the emotional trauma?

    Many thanks,

    London UK
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2012
  2. nanaluvsgps

    nanaluvsgps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2012
    I'm only guessing as my hens have never been atacked by foxes or dogs, so you might want to take her to the vet or treat her with what you have. Keep her in a small cage with food and water, and clean the wound with something sterile and lightly wrap a bandage or attach a patch to the area change dailed or twice daily and put bettadine on the infeted area. Give her some anti biotics if she has contracted a virus from the fox. Keep her warm. Hope she gets better soon.
  3. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

    Mar 20, 2012
    Definitely separate her and keep her in a warm place. Make sure she is eating and drinking. Try mixing some food or treats with warm water. Give some probiotics (Sav-A-Chick works) to help her digestive system. I would hold off on the antibiotics. You don't have to worry about rabies (thankfully) because chickens are not mammals. They can be very hard on her system. You can use an antiseptic to clean the wound and put a light bandage on it. If the wound is just a surface wound, you can use Blue-Kote wound dressing. It is good that she laid an egg. If she were in very serious stress, she would not lay.
    I am sorry about the loss of your other chickens.
    Good Luck! [​IMG]
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