- Mar 18, 2016
Is it okay to use my horse fly repellent on my hen? She was attacked by her flock and hurt her horribly, tore up her vent. I just want to put her out when she heals up and I know she will never be able to go back to the flock. I just want to make sure that flies can't get to her bottom. She is very tiny, my rooster jumped her and we thought she would never walk again. My daughter I bought some chicks and and gave her one chick and it totally gave her the will to live and walk (not very well but she could get along). I had hoped that she would never lay eggs, but last week she laid 2 and that's when it started, they started plucking out her feathers. Came home and they had pulled out all of all of her bottom feathers and she was bleeding and starting up her leg to her wing. I got her out in time, they were killing her. Took her to the vet and thought she had a infection in her vent, but he said they had starting to get into the lining . He said she was lucky to be alive. Got home and she needed to lay a egg. It was stuck and with her vent ripped I really was scared we weren't going to be to get it out, but thank goodness we did. She was prescribed a oral antibiotic to rub on and I keep making sure her vent is open. I used equaide on her to put a barrier on her raw parts and stayed away from the vent, but I'm having a horrible time to removing it. No matter how much I try to soak it, but she was walking and wanted to get on my bed and watch TV. Okay today, and I'm sure she has to be pain, but she does not want to walk or stand. So this happened Sunday and today is Tuesday. I gave her some diluted poultry cell. The vet had told me they have a soluble oral antibiotic that I can buy from the feed store but he couldn't remember the name. I don't see anything infected but I don't know what to do. Is she feeling this way from the trauma of what her flock did, the torn up vent and of course trying to lay that egg that she doesn't want to get up? She doesn't even weight a pound but she is a sweetheart. I know I'm rambling, but I lost my beloved Lucy last year and don't want to lose her, am I doing everything that I can?