Raccoon Attack

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by claramarilyn72, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. claramarilyn72

    claramarilyn72 New Egg

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    A raccoon came and attacked our four chickens. Unfortunately, only one has survived. She is alright, but has some flesh wounds which I don't know how to treat. Many of her feathers on one side has been pulled off, and some of her flesh has been scratched and is left bloody. Is there something we should put on her wounds? What do yall suggest?
     
  2. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    First I would rinse it with saline solution. No sailing solution just wash with some water little bit of soap. Hydrogen peroxide would work as a disinfectant, or iodine is also effective. Just basic first aid care like you do if you'd been scratched... Try to keep her quiet and comfy and watch for signs of infection. I'm so sorry you lost your birds :hugs
     
  3. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    Oh the feathers, were she's been plucked will probably grow back if not soon by the next time she moults...
     
  4. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can also use antibiotic cream or spray after you have washed it, but make sure anything you use does NOT have a pain killer in it.
    Good luck.
     
  5. LipsChicks

    LipsChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've used neosporin at times. I also found an antiseptic spray for chickens at TSC. I'm really sorry about your chickens!
     
  6. ReindeerStationFarm

    ReindeerStationFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm so sorry about your chickens. The same thing happened to us a year ago. I had several with puncture wounds. The one thing you want to be careful of is to watch the wounds to be sure they fully heal from the INSIDE OUT. One of mine closed over and abscessed and I didn't know it until I smelled her. By the time I figured out what had happened it was big enough to put my thumb in and filled with yucky stuff. I rinsed it out and what worked the best for me was NFZ Puffer. http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/nfz-puffer-infection-treatment-159-oz But what shrunk the size of the hole was sugar (ordinary white table sugar). I packed it with sugar and it was half the size by night. I kept it packed with sugar and then switched to NFZ. If it started to smell again, I'd go back to the sugar. This actually completely healed the wound. Unfortunately, she was nabbed about a week after she was healed by some other hungry animal. :^( Good luck with your hen. I'd feed her treats and keep her quiet for a few days, too. Mine seemed very traumatized by the ordeal and needed a little coddling.
     
  7. alica31

    alica31 Out Of The Brooder

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    Reindeer- I've never heard of using sugar on chicken wounds....but I will definitely try it! I have a bantam frizzle too which was attacked recently and ALL his tail feathers pulled out. Should I use neosporin on his bare chick bottom?[​IMG]
    He has been very traumatized!! and it looks very painful.....
     
  8. ReindeerStationFarm

    ReindeerStationFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    The sugar shrinks swelling so it works very well on abscesses. When I was a nurse, we packed it in bed sores. :^) If your chicken doesn't develop an abscess, you won't need to use the sugar. But the NFZ puffer should work if it's an open wound.

    If the poor little guy's bottom looks sore, I think I would? I've never used it on chickens, but LipsChicks above has. The NFZ won't "stick" like the neosporin will.
     
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  9. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    Awesome info reindeer! Thanks for sharing.
     
  10. alica31

    alica31 Out Of The Brooder

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    It is AWESOME to have so many "fowl" friends to share their knowledge, expertise and humor!!! So happy to be part of BYC!!![​IMG]
     

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