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Hen attacked has serious neck wound and broken wing

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by capttristan, Oct 8, 2015.

  1. capttristan

    capttristan New Egg

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    Hello
    5 days ago my one and only hen cluck norris who has just started laying eggs was attacked by something in my back yard.i came home to find her hiding in the corner by her coop. Feathers were missing, a wing appeared broken but upon further inspection i found her neck to be missing flesh and the bone and tendons exposed... she is my first chicken and i am unsure of what to do...i was sure she was a goner but after 5 days she is still eating and drinking and even laid a day after the injury..my mom has been treating the wound with antibacterial spray and ointmet and it seems to not be infected..however the wound is huge..when she bends over to eat you can literally see inside her...can an injury like this heal....should i be doing more???i have some general antibiotics. ..should i use them... any help would be appreciated. .i have some pics but they are pretty gruesome
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Post the pictures. Most of us have seen gruesome.

    This information is off the internet.

    How to Treat Cuts and Wounds in Chickens

    3 of 12 in Series: The Essentials of Tending a Sick or Injured Chicken

    If you find a bleeding chicken in your coop, or if you suspect a chicken’s skin has been cut or torn, it’s important to treat the bird quickly. Chicken skin is thin and tears easily, and bleeding wounds are very attractive to other chickens. Whether the chicken caught on something or was attacked by a predator, skin injuries need immediate attention.
    1. For shallow wounds, wash the area with hot water and soap and gently pat dry, or clean the wound with hydrogen peroxide.
      If the wound continues to bleed, use styptic powder or pressure to stop it.
    2. Flush the wounds with hydrogen peroxide, iodine, or betadine.
    3. Place the chicken in a clean, separate area and check the wounds for infection several times a day.
    4. If infection sets in, clean the wounds two to three times daily.
    5. If the chicken can’t reach the area with its beak and the weather is warm, apply a wound dressing to prevent flies from laying eggs on the wound.

    The outlook isn’t very good with deep punctures caused by animals. Keep the chicken warm and quiet to prevent shock. If the chicken is very valuable to you, take it to a veterinarian as soon as possible.​
     
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  6. capttristan

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    Tough to get a real good pic cause she's always on the move...[​IMG]
     
  7. 7littlegirls

    7littlegirls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    poor girl [​IMG] Hope she gets better!!
     
  8. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After five days and she is active, eating, and drinking. I think that is a good sign that she will heal. Good luck!

    Other group members will have other ideas on how to help your hen.
     
  9. RedDol

    RedDol Out Of The Brooder

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    If she's eating and drinking and laying and there is no infection it should heal on it's own. Can you cover it? With a bandage maybe?
     
  10. dough13

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    I am no expert but that wound looks like it will need stitches and if its not infected it looks like it might be from the pictures. I would try cleaning it really well and removing any dead tissue around the wound then sewing up the hole with dissolvable stitches & suture needle also i would give oral antibiotics such as http://www.drugs.com/vet/super-booster-can.html
    for about a week. If you are not comfortable doing this you should try the vet they should be able to sew it up even if they have no chicken experience.

    My way of thinking is better safe than sorry, chickens are very good at hiding illness most of the time when you notice they look sick its too late to save them I am not sure if that big of a wound hole could heal on its own but its possible .
     
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