Please help! Chicken wound from dog :(

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tamaraly81, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. tamaraly81

    tamaraly81 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please help. One of my girls got attacked by a dog. :( The wound is pretty bad and I don't know what to do. No emergency vet can help me. I've cleaned the wound with hydrogen peroxide and sprayed bacitracin on it with the hopes that it would numb it a little. She's in the house in a dog kennel with food, her favorite berries and water with a tsp of apple cider vinegar. I just want someone to help me fix her and tell me she's going to be ok. Fall of 2014 she got attacked by chicken hawk with pretty deep wounds that I cleaned 3 times a day until new skin grew over and she healed up
    nicely but this is really bad. :( Her "mohawk" is kinda blue on the back, never seen them not red..is that due to stress or pain? Also, is there anything we can get her for pain? She's quiet, alert,eating and drinking. Now she just started pecking at it. :( Ok. I think I covered everything going, sorry for the graphic photo.

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  2. ChickenChaser9

    ChickenChaser9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    PLEASE DO NOT USE HUMAN PAINKILLERS ON CHICKENS, you can overdose them. Nothing with painkillers in it. I cant stress that enough. If you know how to keep her wounds clean that is a plus, do that. She may very well keep pecking at the wound, that is a behavior chickens do instinctually and you will likely need to cover it so she cannot see anything red and raw back there. If there are no deep punctures she stands a reasonable chance of recovery as long as she has full range of motion with her neck and has no serious (broken) legs. As to having a blue looking comb, I am not sure about that as a symptom but close observation is necessary to spot any trouble developing or any changes in her status.
     
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  3. orpington13

    orpington13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That poor Chicken!
     
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    orpington13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I heard that you can give them a Baby Aspirin for pain
     
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  5. ChickenChaser9

    ChickenChaser9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please do not do that. Unless you are a professional animal healer you are not doing her any favors by giving her narcotics meant for creatures twice her size or more...
     
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  6. orpington13

    orpington13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did it with my Myrtle and she acted just fine. If you are really scared about it, you could give them halves or a quarter of a tablet. My friend who also has chickens does the same. If you want, you could look at TSC for some Chicken Antibiotics, but they don't treat pain.
     
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  7. tamaraly81

    tamaraly81 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not going to, I don't feel comfortable giving her human meds. I was just wondering if there was something out there for chickens that I could get at a farm and fleet store until I can get her to a vet tomorrow
     
  8. tamaraly81

    tamaraly81 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! She can walk (with a limp), stand up and she appears to be able to move her head just fine. I won't give her any human pain killers, I was just wondering if there's something out there for chickens. Poor girl. She survived a hawk attack, I sure hope she survives this.
     
  9. ChickenChaser9

    ChickenChaser9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a thread you may find relevant: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/39324/pain-relief-for-chickens

    Safest would be use Rimadyl (generic is Novox) as it is used by avian vets and chicken sanctuaries. 12.5 mg daily for a 5lb bird.

    The limp may get better over time, I have a Jersey Giant that has a bit of a 'gangsta walk' now but she healed very well after a dog got ahold of her. Her mobility sounds good so unless she gets an infection I'd say your prognosis is pretty good. She has an appetite and is drinking water yes?
     
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  10. tamaraly81

    tamaraly81 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes she is, she had a couple bites of food and water after I cleaned her up..also some berries. Hasn't eaten much since though.
     

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