Injured hen - how long to isolate?!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kgdubois, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. kgdubois

    kgdubois Songster

    Apr 26, 2011
    West Texas
    My hen that was attacked by a neighbor's dog on Friday is doing much better [​IMG] She is eating well, drinking and up on her feet; however, she is still limping pretty badly. How long should I keep her isolated from the rest of the flock? She seems alright when I let her out of the dog crate in our yard, but I'm nervous about just turning her loose with the others. None of them are particularly agressive/dominant, but I am afraid they might pick on a wounded member of the flock. I also don't want to keep her away from them for too long, knowing she'll have to fight her way back into the pecking order if I, any advice? I work during the week, and cannot observe during the day, so that is not a option.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    If she doesn't have visible wounds, you might try her with the flock in the evening when you are there. Another possibility is to give her a buddy to stay with her.

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