Help with Rescue Chicken - **GRAPHIC PICTS** Update: PG 3

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by vyshtia, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. vyshtia

    vyshtia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I rescued this chicken 2 weeks ago. A friend brought me this chicken who was mauled by dogs and she's healing up really well from that. I've included pictures of that issue. I've kept her in my chicken hospital this entire time during her healing...but now that it looks like she's almost ready to go into the coop and join my flock (maybe in another week or so) I need to know some more things... - what I need help with is:

    1. Can you look at her comb and tell me why it's speckled looking and fallen over? It's not mites or lice and I'm not sure where to start researching why her comb is like that - she seems healthy otherwise.

    2. I plan on deworming her. Is there anything else I should do before integrating her into my flock? She's a bird of unknown origins/history.

    3. Can anyone give me an idea of what breed she is? Probably a mutt? But even so, if anyone can point me in a direction of what she's a mix of, that would be great.

    4. Any other info you might be able to give me on what she is and what you think of her wounds/comb/health would be appreciated. I would appreciate all the advice available.

    Thank you!!
    Dawn.

    Original dog mauling wounds - there were 2 really big tears that punctures into the air sacs - she wasn't having problems breathing and was still strong otherwise.
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    This picture was taken this morning - 2 weeks and 2 days later. She's healing up really well and the only wounds still to heal are the two big tears, but they are doing well. The yellowing on her skin is the iodine/water flush I've been using to clean her wounds. You can see the new feathers coming in.
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    Her comb that I'm concerned about:
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    Whole body shot:
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  2. 2txmedics

    2txmedics Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no idea as to her breed, but I just wanted to give you a[​IMG] [​IMG] HUGE HUG!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] For deicating yourself to Saving her and making sure she was fine. You touched my heart in doing that.

    As you can see Im a Medic, and I truly believe that people should be rendered care as if they are a family member of yours. And like just like a job....

    What did you name her?
     
  3. vyshtia

    vyshtia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you [​IMG] I'm a Registered Vet Tech...working in an Emergency Clinic - we only do dogs/cats - but since I got into chickens recently, I was able to rescue this one that came in. Funny story too...I was telling my coworkers about the chicken coop and how I would open up my home to rescue 1 chicken in need. One lady told me about a hen that was being picked on by the rooster and asked if I could take her in - I said - "no...I don't have room to take in everybody so I'm reserving this spot for a chicken that is in REAL need...like...if I don't take her, she would die or be put down sorta thing. Within the hour - the call came in about this chicken and I told the lady to bring her in. It was weird - especially since we NEVER get hurt chickens in the emergency room like this! Now, to be honest, I wasn't quite prepared to actually have my words be put to the test...but since I said it - I had to make good on my word. I thought she'd be too much for a newbie like me...I mean, I know how to treat wounds, but I don't know how to deal with cantankerous, wild, big chickens that have been traumatized and wanted to peck my eyes out ( I have 3 sweet, pretty, purebred, tame, nice chickens at home!). Don't you love how fate will put you to the test. I really should be more careful on what comes outta my mouth sometimes. LOL

    Anyways, it's all been good. She's doing well and actually seems to like it when I rub her head. She doesn't peck me that much now and it's not hard pecks. She lets me clean her up and I can do all that on my own. So...I think she's acclimating.

    I didn't name her - my coworkers named her "Cha Cha". [​IMG]
     
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  4. guineaman

    guineaman Out Of The Brooder

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    she looks just like some game hens i had-spurs-feathering-look up sweater game chickens-she was really tore up,good to see some people really care.[​IMG]
     
  5. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    she looks a bit like a cross between Easter Egger and (something else), but I know not what... The comb does look a bit weird. I don't even know if chickens get fungal infections, but for some reason it reminds me of something like that. I hope someone on here can give you some helpful info, and GREAT BIG HUGS to you for caring for this poor girl! Without your intensive care, she probably would have had little chance of surviving. I would, however, keep her away from your other chickens for at least another couple of weeks as a precautionary measure; even WITH quarantine sometimes we can bring in somebody who "shares" something awful with the rest of our babies... *yeah. ask me how I know this...* [​IMG] Also, if she still has any easily visible wounds, the others are likely to pick at it, and you don't want her going through that, either. [​IMG]
     
  6. Pupsnpullets

    Pupsnpullets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It may be that the colour balance is off on my moniter, but her legs look greenish. That, along with the 'hybrid-pea' comb would suggest to me that she is an easter egger. And a very lucky one at that. I had one of my girls attacked by a dog and it only got one bite in on her back, right were yours was bitten, but it was able to punture through to her internal organs in 2 places. My beautiful girl was dead withing half an hour.

    If you put it out to God/Universe that you are now able to take care of distressed chickens, as you did, don't be surprised to find the injured girls coming. It's one of the oldest laws of the known world: ask that you may receive!!! Good job [​IMG]
     
  7. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Ok, this is totally off topic (to be on topic, I'll say she is looking so much better than the original pictures, good job!! [​IMG])

    but the title "Graphic Picts" made me laugh....

    Graphic (tattooed) Picts (pictish folk)

    get it ? har har.... [​IMG]

    meri
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Cha Cha get well soon. You must be Florence Nightengale, what a super duper job of nursing you have done on her. I would have thought she didn't have a prayer.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Her legs look sorts greenish-yellow on my monitor. She is one fine looking chicken.
     
  10. vyshtia

    vyshtia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You are a genius - I think you are right! I found this picture of sweater hen and I can totally see her looking like this once her feathers grow all out and she gains some weight. Tell me if I'm wrong and just seeing things. I found other picts of "sweater game hens" that look very much like her too...and I found some green legged sweater hens too. I have to do a lot more research to see what these hens are all about. What do you all think?

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