How is she still alive?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Chickens run, Jul 8, 2016.

  1. Chickens run

    Chickens run Out Of The Brooder

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    Last night, Mr Raccoon got into my coop for the first time. He got my rooster and three hens, one of which is still alive, although I don't know how. Her comb is gone, her scalp is gone. Her eyes are closed but seem to be there, and she is drinking water very slowly and making little sounds. I can't see any other injuries to her, but the head wound is horrible. Her skull is exposed. Is it mean to keep her alive? Dumb question, but how do I put her out of her misery? We don't eat our chickens, so I've never culled one before.
     
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    If it makes you feel better, take her to the vet and have her put down. We kill our own chickens, but we eat ours and are used to it. If she were my bird, I'd put her out of her misery.
     
  3. Chickens run

    Chickens run Out Of The Brooder

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    Update: I took her to the vet. Because her beak was detached, they had to put her down. He said everything else would have healed, but with the beak broken, he recommended not making her suffer. So that's that.
     

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