Novice city farmer has questions

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kelleyazul, Dec 2, 2014.

  1. kelleyazul

    kelleyazul New Egg

    Dec 1, 2014
    Hi all... started my little flock last spring... all was well until a visiting dog got into the coop on Friday after Thanksgiving. 1 hen was dead at the scene, 1 unscathed and the remaining 2 are very beat up... huge lacerations on one that we stitched immediately with needle and thread... the second also had a long laceration and also a deep puncture but relatively no bleeding... we were surprised though that she made it thru the night. Both have survived 4 days... are getting .3cc of Penicillin/daily and I'm bathing the suture lines with a dilute betadine solution... They can both stand but are reluctant... today I was home briefly at lunch and I'm afraid i detect some foul odor. They are alert and eating... loved the scrambled eggs they got for breakfast... thoughts?
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Oh, I am so sorry about your hens. I have never dealt with such severe injuries before so I can't tell you either way. I think you are doing well by giving penicillin to help with any infection. You might ask this same question in our emergency section for more input and opinions...

    Good luck and I hope you can get these birds back to good health soon. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2014
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    I'm sorry to hear about your hens! I'd definitely post in the Emergencies section. Hopefully, they can help you out.
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about your hens, hope they recover.
  5. kelleyazul

    kelleyazul New Egg

    Dec 1, 2014
    I posted in the EMergency section replies... thought I'd done it wrong... I'll try again.
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I would think the one with the deep puncture is where the odor may be coming from. Deep puncture wounds are bad, you really want punctures to bleed some - the fact that it didn't makes me feel she has an infection. If she was a person I'd run to get her a tetanus shot. I don't know that birds(or animals) get shots for that. Could you get medical attention for her? Maybe put up "deep puncture - how to treat" in the search box.
  8. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    Welcome to BYC!

    x2 on drumstick diva's comment. Try using the search feature and see if there's something helpful there and maybe re-post in the emergencies section. I hope your birds will be ok. It seems I see more birds getting hurt by dogs than any other predator.

    Nice to have you join us.
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I'm sorry about your hens. [​IMG]Good luck with them!

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