My Hen got attacked! #Warning Graphic# She has a very large open wound and idk what to do with her

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chick peeps, Feb 19, 2017.

  1. chick peeps

    chick peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hen got attacked by a dog this morning and I discovered a fairly large wound on her back/side. She obviously is weak but she still energetic and clear eyed. her poop is completely runny, basically like water. I've brought her inside but considering the size of the wound idk if it is even worth fooling with. We have some basic antibacterial ointment in the house so I'm not sure if I should use that on the wound. These photos do no justice to size or severity of the wound[​IMG]

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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Do you have Vetericyn, betadine, or chlorhexidine to clean the wound? Vetericyn only has to be sprayed on. The others can be used to wash the wound, and a kitchen faucet hose is good to flush out a a dirty wound. Apply plain Neosporin or triple antibiotic ointment twice a day. Hopefully she has no internal injuries that may make it worse. She may be in shock for awhile, and if she is, it may be wise to leave her in a quiet dim basket or crate with food and water near to her. By tomorrow, offer her water with a spoon or dropper if she is not drinking, and a bit of chopped egg, but fluids are more important. Even deep wounds will usually fill in and heal in several weeks, and feathers will gradually come back. Green skin around the wound can be bruising, but watch for signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or foul smelling drainage. Keep us posrted on her recovery.
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    X 2 to all the above - the good news is, this wound is really not all that bad (barring the aforementioned internal injuries that may be in play) -- chickens are incredibly resilient creatures and recover from wounds far more severe than this.
     
  4. chick peeps

    chick peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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