Hen after dog attack

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Causin Chaos, Nov 4, 2015.

  1. Causin Chaos

    Causin Chaos Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 3, 2009
    Hen is aprox 2 she's a Rhode Island Red mix. Found dog in hen house. Hen was in corner with one leg stuck out to her side. I took her inside. Put her in a sling. I couldn't find a break anywhere. I left her in sling for 3-4 days. I took her out and she's really no better. She sits to the side with the leg stuck out. She's eating good. Her leg color looks good. Toes are curled but I can straighten them out. I can move leg no problem. Today I'm going to straighten her ties and put some cardboard under them and wrap it to see if this helps her standing or walking any. Does anyone else know or have ideas on what else I could do? There was no open wound anywhere. I'm leaning towards a tendon or muscle issue. I don't know if she will get any better and so I don't know how her quality of life after this will be.
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich True BYC Addict

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    Do the best you can. If she is eating OK then she may recover on her own. HERE IS MY VIEW ON QUALITY OF LIFE. Approximately 4 months ago a neighbors dog attacked one of my hens. ( his dog got loose as his children were watching him.) I had doubts she would make it. DID NOT LOOK GOOD.... But she pulled thru.. Only bad thing resulting , is she is now blind. Still has her eyes, but suffered brain or spinal cord damage. I feed her and she eats as long as I put food right in front. I think she can smell. She will be this way until she naturally expires. I am not Dr. Kevorkian. I let nature take its course. If you raise chickens and eat them, then it may be the choice to make this one next. I don't eat my chickens, but do go to the grocery store for them. I also stop at KFC.

    Last edited: Nov 4, 2015
  3. Diannastarr

    Diannastarr Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 3, 2014
    Bisbee AZ 85603
    I KNOW you can do it keep up the good work , a blind hen is not to hard to keep, i just had one, but I fixed her up with tons of eye vitamins and some cod liver oil in bread every night & she can see much better now, so you can try that ,but my girl just likes hanging around her nest box & loves all her special treats because she is our special hen , so it wont be hard, just a small space will work ok for your hen & she will be ok for her life time, we dont kill or eat our birds ever , and im sure this will all work out for your hen also, so no worries im sending you all best wishes for your hens full recovery, I know you can do it...!!![​IMG] take care & good luck[​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2015
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