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

Livinwright Farm

Songster
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Jan 7, 2011
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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.
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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....
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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".
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WallTenters

Songster
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Feb 16, 2010
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She might be just fine
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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!
 

easttxchick

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

dawg53

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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.
 

CMV

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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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