Henny Penny attacked by red tailed hawk

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kate&Thad, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. Kate&Thad

    Kate&Thad Out Of The Brooder

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    Yesterday afternoon Henny Penny was attacked by a red tailed hawk. I happened to be outside just as it was happening and scared the hawk off of her. Henny has a pretty ugly laceration on her neck and some puncture wounds under her right wing. I put neosporen on them last just after it happened. She suffered great shock also. I put her in my large animal carrier and brought her into my house. Until about 1 hour ago she hadnt eaten or had a drink in over 24 hours. I got her to eat some yogurt and now she's drinking. I'm worried about pain. She's really lathargic and extra quiet. Is there anything else I should be doing?
     
  2. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like shock...you're doing all the right things. Re-apply the neosporin and keep her in a nice quiet dark place until the perks up. Poor baby!! I'm sure she'll be fine. Very resilient creatures!
     
  3. opalwednesday

    opalwednesday Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just remember that the neo with the numbing ingredient is notokay for chickens.

    It took my roster three days to get out of shock, I hope she makes it
     
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Continue with the neosporin til healed. Give her warm sugar water to perk her up, use an eyedropper. Pull her wattles down to administer and squirt a little inside her mouth and release the wattles so that she'll swallow it on her own. Then provide her scrambled egg mixed with buttermilk for a few days to eat. Buttermilk is a probiotic and easier to absorb, it also coats the intestinal lining. Yogurt is good but tends to pass through them.
     
  5. roxyblue

    roxyblue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sugar water OR electrolytes helps them recover from shock. I hope your girl is OK, though they are VERY hardy creatures and heal remarkably well even from the toughest wounds.
     
  6. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, poor Henny Penny! Please keep us posted!

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  7. Kate&Thad

    Kate&Thad Out Of The Brooder

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    Henny Penny is alert this morning. She didn't want much breakfast, but I left it for her to snack on throughout the day. She drank a lot of water last night and was continuing to drink this morning. Should I be expecting an egg from her? This is only my second month with Chickens so I'm not sure what to expect. Lots of chirping was coming from my bathroom as I was getting ready for work. I think it's a good sign, I'm not putting her back with the other chickens unit she is healed. Will they remember her or will I need to reintroduce them? Thanks for you help!
     
  8. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am a newb, too, but I understand that stress is a real egg-killer, and Henny has had her some STRESS. I wouldn't expect an egg, if it were me.
     
  9. yinzerchick

    yinzerchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, poor Henny Penny! Please keep us posted!

    x2!​
     
  10. Kate&Thad

    Kate&Thad Out Of The Brooder

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    Henny Penny is on her way into surgery. I feel stupid, but I love this chicken. She is more than my egg layer. She's my best bud. At lunch I notice the laceration on her neck is really bad. And looks oozy. I took her to the vet. I just wanted antibiotics. Of course she needs surgery. I feel silly doing this for a chicken. She may not get to come home tonight, but I'll keep you updated.
     

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