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Injured and depressed chickens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cochin75, Aug 7, 2016.

  1. cochin75

    cochin75 Hatching

    Aug 7, 2016
    We had an aggressive dog break in and attack our flock. We had 12 ranging from our oldest 4 of 2 years old down to our new group of about 6 months old. 6 were killed, 2 more had to be put down from serious injuries.

    The remaining 4 aren't doing the best. Some have lots of missing feathers, abrasions from the dog's teeth, limps and worst of all, seemingly very depressed. They aren't nearly as active and lay around a lot, some of their vocalizations are quite sad,more like a whimper.

    Has anyone else been through something like this that would have some good ideas on how to lift their mood? I sit with them and hand feed treats but that doesn't even excite the more depressed ones that seem to miss their partners. I do realize injuries can make them quiet and lethargic. The most affected hen actually is the most unscathed.

  2. Eggsitter

    Eggsitter In the Brooder

    Aug 10, 2012
    southern maine
    Is there a way to give them an epsom salt/betadine bath? Do you have a bin you can fill the bottom w water & betadine/epsom salt & let them stand in it? Never had an injury like that but mine really like epsom salt & I soaked their legs in betadine & epsom salt when they had leg mites. Did a great job.

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