Mercy Killing

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Cbcarter, Dec 6, 2016.

  1. Cbcarter

    Cbcarter Out Of The Brooder

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    When do you know it's time for a mercy killing after a dog attack? I'm hopeful for recovery,but husband says I'm making her suffer.
     
  2. yochickiemomma

    yochickiemomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you post pictures? How sever are her wounds? Is she eating......drinking..... standing on her own? Chickens are very resilient as long as there is no internal damage. Do you think she's suffering?
     
  3. Cbcarter

    Cbcarter Out Of The Brooder

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    She seems to be exhausted and in shock to me, but I wouldn't say suffering. She walked away from the attack, but not interested in food or water. It looks like he plucked her pretty bad,but no obvious muscle injuries.
     
  4. Cbcarter

    Cbcarter Out Of The Brooder

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    My picture won't seem to display
     
  5. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    How long ago? Any deep lacerations or bite marks?
     
  6. Cbcarter

    Cbcarter Out Of The Brooder

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    Several hours ago, she's resting in a box inside right now. Still won't eat or drink, but not bleeding.
     
  7. yochickiemomma

    yochickiemomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Shock is normal. I dealt with a fox attack two summers ago my girl had her side torn open she was in shock for about 12 hrs. Try to coax her to eat even if it's treats such as a bit of scrambled egg (extra protein is good for growing back feathers)or wet a little bit of her food. So no external injuries besides missing feathers? Unless something internal is going on she should be ok in a couple days.
     
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  8. yochickiemomma

    yochickiemomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    BTW there's NO way I would consider euthanizing her at this time based on the info you've provided if she were mine.
     
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  9. IdyllwildAcres

    IdyllwildAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Euthanize the dog so it does not happen again...
     
  10. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    You make a good point.....

    @Cbcarter How did she get attacked by the dog? Was it yours? Have you done anything to ensure there won't be another attack? Sometimes new posters have to wait for approval to post pics and stuff it seems like.

    Scrambled or boiled smashed eggs are always nice.

    I like electrolytes to help sometimes. Recipe is 2 cups warm water, 1/2 teaspoon each baking soda and salt, and 2 tablespoons brown sugar (or white).

    A short time not eating is OK but don't let her get dehydrated. If you don't see her get a drink, use your finger and drip a drop on her beak as it rolls into her mouth she will gobble/swallow it. Repeat as needed. Switch back to plain water before long.
     
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