Just rescued my chicken from the fox! Puncture wounds, please help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by hannahshatchery, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. hannahshatchery

    hannahshatchery Out Of The Brooder

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    We just had a visit from a fox and my dogs saved the flock! He had one in his mouth but they scared him and he dropped her. She's very shaken up but is alert and standing on her own. She has a few puncture wounds on her back, nothing is bleeding much so I am not sure how deep they are. I am worried about infection, other than cleaning them well what can I do?
     
  2. Snappychicken14

    Snappychicken14 Out Of The Brooder

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    Take her to the vet!!!!!!

    Do not let the other chickens near her! They will peck at the smell of blood. Poor chickie!:(


    Take her to the vet!



    Brave dog, too!:):celebrate
     
  3. chickencoop789

    chickencoop789 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is literally the exact same thing that happened to my flock not too long ago!
    I would clean the wound and then take a good look at it. If it looks deep then take her to the vet. If it doesn't look too bad then put a glob of Neosporin or Vaseline on the wound, isolate the injured chicken, and wait a day or two. If it doesn't look any better than I would take her to the vet.
     
  4. hannahshatchery

    hannahshatchery Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks guys. I am lucky enough to have a vet friend. The wounds look fairly superficial, though it's hard to say. I cleaned them thoroughly with a chlorohexadine solution and filled them with neosporin. I have her in the house with us on some nice clean straw, with some warm water and warmed grain. She ate a little and seems fairly comfortable. My friend is happy to get some antibiotics if we need them but her advice was to wait and see if it looks like she needs them after a day or two.
     
  5. hannahshatchery

    hannahshatchery Out Of The Brooder

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    yes I'm proud of my dogs. I have two pit bulls, so for all of those that doubt their ability to be safe around chickens, take note, mine are wonderful with the girls and saved the day today!
     

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