My poor babies!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chickiemama2002, Oct 8, 2015.

  1. Chickiemama2002

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    We found a huge strange dog in our chicken yard! 10 of our 14 chickens were dead! My kids are traumatized they were our babies we loved them so much! We found an injured hen, Jellybean, that I want to save so badly. I don't know anything about injuries like this, should I clean it or put something on it? Is it too deep do you think I should just put her down? We made a makeshift hospital for her with food and water. What do you all think?
     
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    I can't figure out how to post a picture.
     
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    I figured it out. Here she is poor thing [​IMG]
     
  4. TrialandError

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    Not sure on that one, but when I was younger we had a badly injured hen with a back wound also and she ended up eating herself. Before it got worse we took her to animal control and they euthanized her for us.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I can't really tell how deep the wound is...but usually if it's kept clean and free of infection it will heal up.
    Keep some antibiotic ointment on it.....nothing with 'pain relief' in it.

    It's amazing the terrible wounds that have healed up nicely and fairly quickly,
    as long as no infection and/or flies get into it.
    Make sure she or any other bird does not peck at it, seclude her if necessary, in a wire crate right in the coop.
     
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  6. Blingchix6

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    My chicken got attacked by a dog and has similar wounds. If you can get her rimadyl 25mg twice a day and clavamox 125mg twice a day. Put her in the sink and run warm water over her wounds twice a day. The water will stimulate healing; do this twice a day for 5 minutes each time. Chickens are amazingly tough and can recover from what seems to be horrible wounds. Keep her in the house and dry her with a heat lamp. Feed her high protein food, like eggs, peanut butter, and worms. Best of luck!!!
     
  7. Blingchix6

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    Also, keep some antibiotic ointment on her wounds. Nothing with lidocaine or any other numbing agent. I am using silvadene ointment on my chicken, it is mostly used for burns but it has good anti microbial properties. Trim the feathers around the wound as much as you can
     
  8. aart

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    Have never heard of these drugs being used off label for poultry, both are prescription....
    ........can you you cite their safety and efficacy in avian applications?

    Rimadyl for pain...for dogs?
    Clavamox is a wide spectrum antibiotic(Amoxicillin trihydrate) for systemic infection for dogs and cats....
    ......if there is a systemic infection there are better 'proven' drugs for birds.
     
  9. Blingchix6

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    All of these treatments and medications were prescribed by a veterinarian that specializes in birds. Rimadyl dosing was recommended by this vet based on a study that was conducted at a major veterinary teaching college...can't remember which one but I would gladly provide this info after verifying with him. Clavamox is a widely used broad spectrum antibiotic; interferes with cell wall sysnthesis and kills the bacteria that causes soft tissue infections. This chicken is not currently laying eggs; if she was I would not eat them until she was off the clavamox for at least 2 weeks. She is also being treated with tramadol for pain. I offered this information in the interest of being able to help someone in similar circumstances.
     
  10. aart

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    Withdrawal info is important.......as is chemical names of drugs due to human allergies.
     

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