- Apr 12, 2014
My one year old red cap hen was attacked by an unknown animal. My father-in-law found her at dusk huddled between two rocks. There were some cuts on the back of her neck, missing feathers there. Her left wing seemed to be flapping and she would not put weight on her left leg. I was out of town, but he isolated her in a crate and did no treatments. He did not call and tell me we had an injured bird. When I got home, I examined her and the cuts were already well stabbed over. The entire left side of her body was green, like a healing bruise. She is drinking and eating well, but not moving around much. She has loose stool. She is not laying although she was a reliable layer before. I cannot feel anything broken and she tolerated my inspection without complaint. Her wing seems fine now and she is not holding it out or favoring it. I'm guessing that was an early symptom of the bruising. We've kept her quiet, confined and isolated to give her time to heal. Yesterday I put her on the ground and she barely puts any weight on the leg, limping badly and sitting when she puts some distance between us. The bruise on her side is getting better, but still green, one section darker than the rest (perhaps the brunt of the injury?). I. put her back in the crate. We use cider vinegar in our water already, but I will increase the dosage per my research. I plan to begin giving her some yogurt to help with the loose stool. What else should I do? It's been more than two weeks now since the injury. Thanks so much!