Injured Pullet from Racoon attack - lost wing

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Clarabellechick, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. Clarabellechick

    Clarabellechick New Egg

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    We had a racoon attack last night in my less than secure dog crate we had set up for our 3 month old pullets.
    One of them is alive and alert but she has lost a wing down to the bone. Her body wasn't punctured but her wing is just a 2-3 inch bone.
    I am hoping that someone might have an idea on how to treat her wing or is she even treatable? I thought about just putting blu-kote on the whole area but I didn't know about the bone. Can feathers grow back or will it go rancid and we need to amputate?

    Right now I separated her and gave her some sugar/electrolyte water and foot. Any help would be hugely appreciated.
     
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    i'm not sure exactly, for now just make sure the would is kept clean
     
  3. cheep82

    cheep82 Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it just bone sticking out? If it is infection would seem likely. My girl had a compound break so different obviously and the next day after vet was open it was infected. They ended up removing her wing. That's with me treating it myself at the time of injury. Can you take to the vet for assessment?
     
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  4. Clarabellechick

    Clarabellechick New Egg

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    I took her to the vet. He took one look at it and said that infection looked like it was already setting in and given that the wing bones are hollow it was very possible the infection could spread through the body, so we decided to put her down. With that bone exposed it was just not going to be feasible without amputation, and he started talking about $1000?!?!? It was a sad day in the flock :(
     
  5. cheep82

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    Sorry to hear. Ours was that much as well. I pretty much live at the vets with my cat and I do his microbiology so he let me pay the wing amputation off. You did absolutely everything you could and she didn't suffer thats the main thing
     
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  6. MaggieFlower

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    My four month old chicken, Bella, was found hiding under one of the other chickens missing a wing and a lot of feathers. I separate her and have cleaned it at least twice a day but a new smell has formed, and I don't know if she is going to make it. I don't know what more I can do than try to keep it clean and keep it wrapped up with an antibiotic spray. Any advice? [​IMG]
     
  7. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    It is suffering....As poster stated...Infection...Put it down...Only best thing to do for the bird...
     
  8. kron

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    I had a raccoon attack 2 weeks ago. I thought the coop had been locked up, but at around 11 heard a weird sound that sounded like a chicken or cat. Double checked, and said, "You locked the coop, right?" was told yes and rolled over. Well about 3am I heard the same sound and knew this time that it was one of my girls. I ran down to find the run unlocked, coop unlocked and a huge, probably 20+ pound raccoon eating my favorite hen's head. I got the raccoon out and brought in my two girls. One was untouched but completely freaked out. The other was badly hurt and in shock. I put them in separate crates in my garage, covered them and left them for the night. The hurt hen just honestly seemed too hurt to scrub at the time, which was not the best thing to do... She had her comb chewed up, she lost an eye, had lots of blood in her mouth and nasal area and 2 puncture wounds at the base of her skull. She was missing lots of feathers, but her body seemed fine.
    The next morning I scoured the house for any medicine that might patch up my girl. I had some old antiseptic from a wound that my dog had (nolvasan) and poured it over her head watered down in the morning. I had 6 clavamox tablets which I used for 6 days by dropping them into warm water and then administering 1 tab of liquid per day by syringe. I also put iodine in water so that it looked like dark iced tea. I put it in a spray bottle and sprayed her wounds about 6 times per day. I feel very bad that I didn't treat her pain, but everything I read included aspirin, and because there was so much blood, and her poop was black, I was afraid to promote bleeding. I did have valium and percoset in the house from a surgery, but I thought I would use that if I had to put her down.
    My hen wouldn't eat so I fed her egg yolk, vegan protein powder, honey, yogurt, gatorade, kefir, and half and half soaked chicken feed through a syringe. I just fed the wettest, most high calorie food I could think of for the first 10 days.
    I am happpy to report that after 2 weeks, she is doing well. Her scabs are healing, she got no infections. Her eye is covered by the lid which still has not opened. She is eating, back in her coop, and happy. I am kind of haunted by the fact that I didn't treat her pain, which I imagine was enormous. Throughout the entire ordeal she cooed to me ever ytime I spoke to her. She spent about 9 hours a day in my arms, which I hope was a small comfort.
    I hope this awful ordeal helps someone. I didn't know what to do, just did the best I could.
     

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