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Post fox attack care for a not-too-injured chicken?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by RoeDylanda, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. RoeDylanda

    RoeDylanda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, all,
    De-lurking because my dear Emma Zitsie was grabbed twice by a fox this morning. My husband ran it off, and I've had her in a dog crate inside the house all day. She has some skin punctures but no apparent muscle involvement and no active bleeding, and she's getting more & more insistent that she wants out of the (2' x 3') crate. Flapping, lecturing me, sticking her head through the bars! I put her in there to keep her calm, quiet, and clean, but she's causing quite a ruckus in there. I am VERY reluctant to return her to her outdoor coop (4' x 4' with 2 other chickens) because it's 18 degrees outside right now, up from 8 degrees this morning. Plus I'm afraid Mr. Fox will come back now that it's dark and she'll have a heart attack if she smells him.

    The attack happened in the first place because the coop door was latched but not locked, so the fox was able to jostle it open and chase the birds out. It's Fort Knox now, so there's no chance the beast can break in.

    Anyone have advice? Here she is, giving me the stink-eye earlier today:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/image/id/9396034/width/400/flags/LL

    Thanks for your help!
     
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2013
  2. aissak

    aissak Out Of The Brooder

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    I had a chicken attached by our dog similarly about a month ago. Lost a lot of feathers. Kept her inside for a couple days and then back outside.
     
  3. RoeDylanda

    RoeDylanda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last edited: Jan 24, 2013
  4. CottonGinWaste

    CottonGinWaste Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try a sheet over the crate to completely block noise, light if you're going to confine her. (As in not in the family/TV room). Antibiotic ointment to wounds. Sounds like she'll be fine.
     

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