Aug 2, 2021
Our neighbor’s dog came into our yard and got one of our hens while they were having their free ranging time. Somehow, she managed to escape and hid in their garage. They found her and returned her to us the next day.
We are keeping her separate from the flock in a dog kennel in our garage. She is eating and drinking a little bit (also electrolytes in water and grubblies). She had one big poop but nothing else since. Looks like she has a little bit of vent gleet. We are spraying her with rooster booster wound spray. Suggestions welcomed!! This is our first flock and first injury.


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Try to keep her away from flies. Flies can cause flystrike which is awful to deal with. Do you have pain killer FREE neosporin and Vetericyn?
Give her some sugar water. If she's not wanting to drink, use an eye dropper or a small syringe, and give a couple drops at the corner of her mouth, like you're greasing a hinge. Don't try and open her mouth to do this. It may take a couple tries but most chickens like the taste of the sugar water and want more- then you can do a more dilute solution in a bowl. This will help perk her up.

Look her over inch by inch.

Trim any feathers that overhang wounds that will be sticky - because those feathers will be a source of contamination.

If you have a syringe of any size, have it handy. For punctures by the dog's teeth, flush the puncture thoroughly with hydrogen peroxide. This will be the only time to treat with hydrogen peroxide.

Once you've dressed all the wounds - cleaned with hydrogen peroxide and then with ointment - put her in a safe, clean, dry spot with food and water and let her rest.

After today, clean with either an iodine solution, chlorohexidine (dilute to 'ocean blue' or Vetricyn (the regular bottle is fine, no need to spend the extra $$ on the poultry formula ... it's more expensive and you don't get as much!).
I had that happened to my chickens two years ago. I sprayed their skin with hydrogen peroxide and applied triple
Antibiotic ointment twice a day. Removed feathers in affected area. Kept in separate cardboard boxes for several days to make sure they wouldn’t pick on each other’s wounds. Put them back together when they were completely healed.

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