Hen with sever lacerations from rooster * Warning Graphic Pictures* Treatment in progess...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by dracoe19, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. dracoe19

    dracoe19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The other day I saw 3 of my orpington roosters being very rough with one of my hens. I watched them and she ran into the coop. Her sister was pestered by the boys but she told them to stop. They overwhelm the other girl and she was just not as assertive as the other girl. I didn't like the aggression level of the roosters and decided to separate them. I took her sister out first. Some back feathers were gone like I figured. Got her sister and her side felt rough. I pulled up her feathers and she had a huge gash on her right side and a smaller one on her left. I couldn't believe it! I have NEVER had a rooster injure a hen this severely. The worst I have seen from rambunctious roosters were back feathers missing and some small red scratches that didn't even bleed. Those were the worst cases too. The two roosters that I know did the damage are being sent off to a friend to be in the stew pot. I don't want to sell or keep roosters that are so aggressive that they nearly kill a hen. We will see about the other boy he is much more calm. So there is the back story now on to the treatment.
    I took her inside and my mom and I checked her over. The big cut was definitely infected. My mom said it would be best to cull her because of the damage. I had agreed and thought about it all night. I was really torn between culling to put her out of her misery or trying to help. We this morning I looked her over. She had good weight to her and fought me tooth and nail. So I decided to try to help her even if it was a long shot. She obviously still had a lot of fight in her. I took her into my walk in shower so I would have an easily cleaned space. I put a rag over her head to calm her but she was having none of that! Surprisingly enough she stood there the whole time I was removing dead tissue and scabs from her. She only tried to flee once when I was almost done. I give her credit for staying still so long. I was cleaning her wound out for an hour to hour and half strait. The wound was really deep on the right side and I took out a lot of nasty scabs. Now there is just pink and red tissue. The wound went down at least 4 inches inside with the gash being 2-3 inches. I had a light strapped to my head so I could see all the way down. The other side was not as bad by far. I cut all the feathers around the wounds and flushed them out with saline. Afterwards I put antibiotic cream on the wounds along with an anti-bacterial/ fungal substance I got from the feed store for animals. Put gauze on then wrapped her in vet wrap. I swear thank god for hydrogen peroxide and tweezers! Without those I would have been doomed. She seems much happier and grateful. When I was wrapping her up she snuggled up against my leg and quietly sat there watching me wrap her up. Though she still despises being picked up. I also put antibiotics in her water and a sprinkle of antibiotic feed in her food. I also have electrolytes on hand. So that is what has happened so far in the process. I thought I would share in case someone else is having a similar case or in case I need help. I only have a few photos. I wish I had taken a before and after but forgot. The before was just a giant black scab with feathers in it and yellow spots. Here are the pictures during the process.

    I'll be sure to update on her progress.

    This was half way though the process. We were taking a short break. You can see where the feathers were cut and were I exposed the wound.

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    Close up of the wound half way through cleaning. The red part is 4 inches tall. To the bottom left is were the deep gash is. About to start getting the deep dead tissue out.
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    Can see a little more of the deep laceration. If I wanted I could fit 3 fingers into the wound up to my knuckles.
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    The feathers I cut off and they very gross scabs and dead tissue I removed. This is only half of what I removed too....
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    This was right after her one freak out moment. I put the rag on her head to calm her but it was only there long enough to take the picture. She would watch me pick up tools through the whole process. I even left her alone in the bathroom 5 times and she didn't move an inch.
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    Her all wrapped up with a much needed resting time. She was tired from me poking around in her wounds. She is definitely a trooper for being so calm. I know there were times when it had to have hurt and she stayed still but loudly let me know when it hurt.
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  2. Atarii

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    My friend has a hen that was almost killed by a fox. She had bad lacerations and a broken wing. By the time I saw it, it was an oozy smelly disgusting mess. I cut off alot of feathers, cleaned it with betadine, sprayed everything with Schreiners herbal solution and taped her wing to her body. We left the tape on her wing for about two weeks but continued to spray the schreiners twice a day. I've used it on my dog as well when lost all the skin on his paw. The vet said he needed a skin graft, but I treated it with the schreiners and you can't even tell he was injured. The vet couldn't believe it. Anyway, the hen I treated was in much worse shape than yours so hopefully she'll heal up fine.
     
  3. dracoe19

    dracoe19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think she will too. It was amazing all the nasty stuff I got out [​IMG]. Where can you get schreiners? I have that vet spray stuff and a antibacterial/fungal as well. Sounds like a good thing to have on hand! Also glad your friends hen made it!
     
  4. Atarii

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    I got the schreiners at a Saddlery but feed stores carry it too. Tractor supply probably carries it. Good luck and keep us posted!
     
  5. dracoe19

    dracoe19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good News!! She is healing beautifly! I'll get some pictures later but boy am I impressed by her healing! So happy this gal made it :)
     
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    Yay!!!
     
  7. SpeckledHills

    SpeckledHills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can also Super-Glue some wounds, if it seems helpful.
     
  8. dracoe19

    dracoe19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry for the late updates but I have great news! She was well enough to go outside yesterday! She went into our open barn pasture with our gentle rooster who won't bother her. Here are some pictures of her wounds one week after the attack. I'll try to get some updated pictures of her soon! :)

    Patiently waiting for me to clean her wounds and wrap her up. Such a good patient!
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    The "hurry up!" look
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    I taped a gauze piece with some antibacterial liquid on it to her. Since it was healing so nicely I wanted her wound to be able to breathe a bit but still be protected. I was just going to cut the tape off. She kept pulling the vet wrap off and this worked nicely with out making it uncomfortable for her.
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    Small laceration completely closed! Healthy scabbing and no more infection.
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    Large open wound has started to try to close, flesh is healthy pink, scabbing has started and all infection is gone!
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  9. Bocktobery 10

    Bocktobery 10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a sweet hen. She is so pretty and I hope she heals well. I had a Buff Orpington who had the same type of injury - twice! She healed from it both times quite well. All I did was bring her in when inside when I noticed it to clean her wound with Benatine/water solution. I tried to patch it up, but really the skin just slouched down so I left it. She has healed nicely both times. You can't tell anymore and she is still with the same dang rooster who did it to her! (I think he has since learned to be a bit more gentle!- or so I hope) So rest assured, it sounds like you gal is going to do ok. Just make sure it doesn't get infected. Keep looking at it daily and if you see signs of infection either call your vet or try giving her wound an epsom salt soak.

    Best wishes!
     
  10. SpeckledHills

    SpeckledHills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So glad her injuries are healing up well. Yay!!! [​IMG]
    Thanks for the update & pics :)
     

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