Possum bit hen, please help !!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by connor97, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. connor97

    connor97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was just woken up in the middle of the night to my chickens being attacked by a possum, I dont know what to do ! :'(
    One of the hens has a big bite on her wing, I put some medical ointment my mom that my mom told me to put on it for wounds, what else can I do??? Will she survive?
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  2. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    Hopefully she will be okay, if the wound doesn't get infected. Just make sure you keep her safe at night. The possum will be back for more.
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Check her often so that flies don't lay eggs on it. Maybe do some possum-proofing of your coop today.
     
  4. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That doesn't look all that bad for a possum attack, they are clumsy stupid predators. My Mother In Law had a hen get attacked while she was roosting at night. Luckily the possum couldn't get a good hold on her and she only had some superficial gashes on her back/hip . She was cleaned up, sprayed with blue kote, and healed just fine. Just make sure you disinfect the area with iodine or blue kote so it doesn't get infected.
     
  5. connor97

    connor97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    It is a lot worse in person, also I think her wing may be broken. I will continue to put the iodine on the cut, what should I do about a broken wing if is broken ?
     
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  7. thechooks22

    thechooks22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd use bettadine and antibiotic powder ...i did this for my hen when she got attacked by a bull terrier i could see the bone under her wing and now shes fine so it works goodluck[/B]
     
  8. nab58

    nab58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if the wound is open and raw, you'll want to separate her from the flock as they'll peck on anything red. otherwise spray it with blue cote, it's an antiseptic and will turn the area blue so the others aren't attracted to it.
     
  9. connor97

    connor97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thansk everyone for your help, her wing is NOT broken ! :)
    @nab, okay I will get some of that, thanks for the help everyone !
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  10. thechooks22

    thechooks22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yay! That great news!
     

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