Potentially Mortally Wounded Hen- GRAPHIC -Weak stomachs DON'T read!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Livinwright Farm, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. Livinwright Farm

    Livinwright Farm Songster

    Jan 7, 2011
    Carroll County
    As I was preparing to head out of the barn and back into the house this evening, I saw something disturbing about the top of one of my EE hens' head.
    This is the hen, yesterday, before the wound.
    I was finally able to catch her, and get a closer inspection of the wound.
    This is the graphic part Seriously, do NOT read further if you have even a moderately weak stomach!!

    Closer inspection showed that at about 1/4 centimeter behing her comb she is sliced virtually from ear to ear revealing the top of her skull.

    The only thing I can think of, for how it happened, is that she had rushed the door the last time I had exited the door and I unknowingly caught her head with the bottom of the door. I am absolutely sick to my stomach to know, that more than likely, I am the one who did this to her.... [​IMG] [​IMG]
    I have done the only thing I can think of to try and help her.
    Here she is shown as bandaged and wrapped so she can't scratch off the bandage job. I am hoping that she will make it... but preparing to wake up to find her "sleeping". [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2011
  2. Silkie Sue

    Silkie Sue Songster

    Jun 23, 2007
    Sarnia, Ontario
    don't blame yourself...
    animals get themselves hurt in all sorts of ways..
    i hope she gets better... [​IMG]
  3. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    Wow, you did a great job - I will say prayers for the little bird! Good luck
  4. terrilhb

    terrilhb Songster

    Dec 11, 2010
    I am so sorry. I hope and pray she gets better. Lots of [​IMG] [​IMG]
  5. WallTenters

    WallTenters Songster

    Feb 16, 2010
    Sweet Home, OR
    She might be just fine [​IMG] Sometimes animals really surprise you with their ability to heal! I think you're doing all you can do for her, just make sure it stays clean of infection - maybe put some neosporin (not the pain relieving kind) on it to protect against infection and to help it heal.

    And don't feel too bad - these kind of things happen, it was just an accident and you're making it right by trying to heal her and do the best by her you can.

    Good luck with her!
  6. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    If you have it, I would give her an injection of PenG Procaine to prevent infection.
    Sure hope she does OK for you.
  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    Accidents happen so dont beat yourself up. Do your best to keep the wound clean and use neosporin to prevent infection. Hopefully she'll heal in time.
  8. MattalynsBarn

    MattalynsBarn Songster

    Jun 11, 2010
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  9. Livinwright Farm

    Livinwright Farm Songster

    Jan 7, 2011
    Carroll County
    Quote:I don't have any of that... where can I get it? is it Rx only?
  10. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Quote:I don't have any of that... where can I get it? is it Rx only?

    You can get it in the refrigerator at most agriculture stores. You don't need a prescription for it. You will also need to pick up some syringes.

    She will likely be fine. Chickens can with stand some amazingly nasty injuries without so much as a peep about it. Don't feel too guilty. These things happen.

    Good luck with her.

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