Hen injured in a bobcat attack 8 days ago. Hasn't gotten better or worse or eaten in 5 days.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jklw88, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. jklw88

    jklw88 Out Of The Brooder

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    8 days ago: A bobcat attacked my small flock and got one of our birds. I ran out there when I heard the commotion and saw that one of my Easter Eggers, Amelia, was last to get away. After chasing the cat off, I cooped up the rest of the birds, but Amelia was nowhere to be found. She appeared later on in the day walking a little slowly, but I looked her over and she appeared unhurt. I cooped her up with the others.

    5 days ago: I came into the run to toss around some treats and she didn't come running. She is very reluctant to walk, seemed weak (but not lethargic), and tends to roll over on her side a little when I put her down. I had to give her a very thorough check before I found anything, but finally came across a gash on her back that I'd missed because it had feathers stuck to it. The wound wasn't very big (only about 1.5" x 1") and looked mostly healed. The only thing that looked worrisome to me were the yellow bumps. Thinking it might be abscessed, I got her on water soluble antibiotics and Sav-a-Chick. She was drinking readily and pecking at food a little.

    Photo album, photos taken Friday.

    Yesterday: No better, no worse. She still isn't walking and I haven't been able to get her eat anything since Friday. I gave her a penicillin shot thinking that she may not be drinking enough water to benefit from those antibiotics.

    Is there anything else I can do? I'm worried about her not eating, but I've offered an array of her favorite things (mealworms, plain yogurt, raw ground beef, cooked fish, pureed veggies, banana) and no dice. I haven't noticed her drinking much the last few days, either. I can't find any other wounds whatsoever. Any help would be hugely appreciated! I raised this girl from a 3-day-old chick and am pretty attached...
     
  2. abserbean

    abserbean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If she isn't eating on her own, you need to tube feed her. If she has an infection, she can go off food, and if not eating will go down pretty fast. I haven't had to tube feed, but there are excellent posts on here about it. @casportpony is the tube feeding expert, and I think has a video on her page to help.
     
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    abserbean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    jklw88 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! I'll start looking into that now.
     
  5. abserbean

    abserbean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I looked at the pics, and the injury doesn't look too bad. Maybe she is just really traumatized by the attack? She is a beautiful bird, hope you can save her.
     
  6. jklw88

    jklw88 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! The wound doesn't look bad at all (especially now---the yellow spots are gone). That threw me off, too. But she's definitely injured in some internal way, or maybe a broken bone that I can't find. She can barely stand and stumbles when she does, so I don't think it's psychosomatic.
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    She can live for several days without food, but not several days without water. If she were mine I would tube fluids to her for 24 hours, then fluids and food.

    -Kathy
     

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