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Holy crap...she lived!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by debkichline, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. debkichline

    debkichline Out Of The Brooder

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    My two idiot dogs combined with an idiot chicken made for quite an exciting Saturday morning about 4 weeks ago. The dogs were holding the chicken down and ripping her feathers out. That came with skin, fat, and a great deal of squawking. When my son found her she was just sitting on the ground and quite beaten up. She lost all of the feathers on her back and about half of the skin. There were also raw spots on a wing and her neck. Things looked bleak and I told my son not to expect her to survive. Well, 4 weeks later, lots of bandages and neosporin, isolation from the flock, and a cozy home in a tub in the basement, and she still lives.

    At last check, feathers had grown out about an inch in all of the injured areas and she can fly. I'm ready to get her out of the basement because it smells like a 4-H barn down there but I'm concerned about reintroducing her to the flock. Usually, flocks will kill a weak or injured bird. After 4 weeks of nurse maid duties I don't want to lose her! Any suggestions would be exceptionally appreciated. We live in southern Ohio and the weather is 60 during the day and high 30's at night.

    Thanks!
     
  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd reintroduce her the way you introduce a total stranger... In a very visible run, in permanent sight and close proximity to the flock the chook will be introduced to, for at least a week before letting them mingle, and then keep a close eye on them for a day or two after allowing the 'new' chook into the main flock.

    Best wishes.
     
  3. dhrace2000

    dhrace2000 Out Of The Brooder

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    Glad she lived, had a similar incident this summer with our dogs! Good luck!
     
  4. debkichline

    debkichline Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! Your input is exceptionally appreciated.

    We have never introduced a new chicken to the flock. Our first flock just disappeared due to attrition. Predators got them one at a time over the course of 2 years in random incidents (we only had 6 to start). This spring we started with an entirely new flock. My 14 year old son does the "flock management" so I will set him about the task of engineering this.
     
  5. debkichline

    debkichline Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! It's a shame dogs think chickens are fun toys!
     

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