My hen cut herself!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DairyChickenGal, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. DairyChickenGal

    DairyChickenGal Out Of The Brooder

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    I had posted about my hen losing her feathers in winter, and turns out that the reason why she was loosing her feathers (and stopped laying) was because she had cut her self on something. The cut is really deep. The skin around it is green and I'm worried about it getting infected.
    Is there anything I can do?
     
  2. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    Could you post a picture?
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    If the skin around it is green, it is already infected.

    Agrees that a pic would be most helpful...and I'll ask a mod to move this thread to the emergencies forum, where it might get better and quicker suggestions.
     
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  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Agreed on green = infection. Really, the best course would be to provide a warm, secluded, quiet place, such as your bathtub, for a while. Apply antibiotic ointment once or twice a day (Nothing with "caine" drugs such as cetacaine or benzocaine" and perhaps give aspirin for pain (read here for wound care and aspirin dose. You might also consider Penicillin. Of course, a vet would be ideal, but not many here choose that route.)

    If you must keep her outdoors, by all means provide a saddle. Here is an article on how to make your own, or you can purchae them in BST.
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Green skin many times is bruising, which could have happened with the cut. Could you post a picture?
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Good point!!

    @DairyChickenGal ...dying to know what happened to your hen and if you can really milk her(dairychicken)...lol.
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    X2! Quite often green is just bruising.

    "Birds routinely show bruising of many colors, which is sometimes misinterpreted as gangrene by inexperienced people."

    http://www.lbah.com/word/fractured-bird-leg/

    -Kathy
     
  8. DairyChickenGal

    DairyChickenGal Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you guys very much for helping me!
    Lacey has done very well.
     
  9. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Good to hear that she is doing well. Thanks for the update.
     
  10. DairyChickenGal

    DairyChickenGal Out Of The Brooder

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    You're welcome!
     

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