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Possum injuries, treated, but any additional advice appreciated!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kla37, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Hillsborough, NC USA
    A possum got in my coop two nights ago and got one of my girls. She is an 18 month old partridge cochin. She seems OK, but I found some wounds on her. A friend held her in a towel and helped me clean them out. We used sterile saline to soak the feathers off, and I plucked the feathers that were still there (not many) right next to the gashes. Then I cleaned it again with vetericyn, patted it dry, and left it exposed to finish drying while we held her. Then I used AluShield aerosol bandage spray, it's silver, to cover it. There was a lot of bruising, so I'm sure she's sore. She was walking OK, but wasn't nearly as quick as she usually is. Both wings are fine. Looks like the possum grabbed her by the back. with wounds on both sides. I also got some poultry antibiotics for her water, and she's staying in a big dog crate in my room for at least a week. She was really calm the whole time, which surprised me! Anyway, that's what my feed store guy suggested, he has chickens and has had to treat injuries pretty frequently. Does all that sound OK? Is there anything else I should do that you can think of? She is eating, and drinking. I gave her a scrambled egg. Poor baby! So glad I shot that darn possum.

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    On left side
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    One side covered with the Alushield Aerosol Bandage
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    Resting when it's over
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  2. mama24

    mama24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I might consider giving her some antibiotics. Possums are disgustingly full of foul bacteria from all the rotting things they eat. If you don't want to give them right off, I would get some injectable antibiotics to have on hand anyway, just in case, along with the syringes and needles. And at the first sign of infection, get her started.
     
  3. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    I think you are on the right track as long as you flushed and cleaned those wounds really well. I'm not familiar with the AluShield so can't comment on that. She's probably a bit shocky so that's why she's quiet. Just keep her warm and quiet for a while and see how she does. Chickens are amazingly good at healing up, just watch the wounds for redness and/or oozing. You may want to dose her orally with a syringe with the antibiotic to make sure she gets enough if she doesn't drink enough of her water. Though I agree with mama24 that an injectable antibiotic would be best for this.
     
  4. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Hillsborough, NC USA
    Thanks! I will pick up an injectable antibiotic tomorrow. Should I get it from a vet? Is the penicillin from the farm supply store OK? Can anyone refer me to a thread about how to give a chicken a shot? I can do them to people, but it must be different with a chicken. [​IMG] Oh, I should have added that those pictures were BEFORE I throughly cleaned the wounds out. It looked better after that, but I couldn't use the camera at that point. The wounds didn't smell, but I want to be as through as I can.
     
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2012
  5. mama24

    mama24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I somehow totally missed that you said you had abx in her water. Since you started that right away, she should be ok. I was saying shot b/c it works faster. But if shes still improving with no sign of infection tomorrow, you are probably in theclear. :)
     
  6. BamaSilkies

    BamaSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure from the pictures but puncture wounds from bites or claws should be allowed to drain. The drainage will help remove bacteria. If its only tears then I think the bandage would be ok. I think the spray bandage in an of itself is a good idea but the fact that its colored is something I dont like. It hides redness which could be a sign of infection and you cant really see the healing process. It will keep the dirt and stuff out of it though.
     
  7. ILOVELEGHORNS

    ILOVELEGHORNS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would also watch for any signs of rabies
     
  8. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Hillsborough, NC USA
    As far as I know only mammals get rabies, not reptiles or avians.
     
  9. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

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    That's correct. Possums also very rarely carry rabies, their body temp is too low. Hope your hen heals quick!
     

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