injured hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sharebear29, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. sharebear29

    sharebear29 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 31, 2011

    My horse attacked one of my young hens (she's about three months old). When I stopped him he had her in his mouth like a toy.

    I got her and brought her in the house all of her feathers are missing on her back. Besides that from just looking at her -she looks ok. I have her in a cage in the house .... she's just sitting there not eating, moving or anything. I don't know what to do ... not sure what to check for to see if she's ok or if I should just leave her alone and see what happens.

    Any suggestions?

    Thank you.

  2. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 30, 2012
    River Valley, AR
    We had a hen last fall that got a leg injury and would not walk. At first she wouldn't eat or anny thing. We put her in a quiet place away from the others so they would not hurt her. We kept food and water available and would occasiionally move her close to one or the othere. After a while, she began to hop on one leg to get the food and water herself. She eventually healed up pretty well, but for about a week we thought we might loose her. Today she walks with a distinct hobble, but is still one of the top hens on the pecking order. All I can say is keep her comfortable and see what happens. Best of luck.
  3. sharebear29

    sharebear29 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 31, 2011
    Ok....Thank you.

    I have her in a cage in the house with food and water (I even put dried mealworms in the cage). I guess I'll just see what happens.
  4. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    Most likely she is in shock. Keep her in a warm, quiet place tonight. Try to get some protein (like soft scrambled egg) down her and if you have it, put electrolytes in her water as well as some polyvisol vitamins. She might just need to rest tonight...but try tomorrow for sure.
  5. sharebear29

    sharebear29 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 31, 2011
    This morning she is walking a little in her cage...she's over by the food dish looking at it...but doesn't seem to be eating in.

    Should I leave her inside in the cage or put her back outside and see how she does.
  6. Mum

    Mum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 23, 2011
    Leave her in her cage would be my advice. I kept my hen (who was attacked by a fox) in a cage in the house for a couple of days; then, during the day, I put her cage in the run with her flock but brought her back into the house at night. I did that for a few more days until she was over the shock and her injuries were well on the road to being healed.

    I hope your hen fully recovers.
  7. fuzziecreatures

    fuzziecreatures Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would let her rest, again today. She was just traumatized. Wait until she is eating, drinking on her own.

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