Raccoon Encounter

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tarajz, Sep 27, 2015.

  1. tarajz

    tarajz New Egg

    May 2, 2014
    A raccoon got into our coop last night and there is one hen still alive but she has lost all of her upper beak. She really looks like she is on her last let, and we have her inside in a crate with towels to keep her warm and comfortable. I'm leaning toward putting her out of her misery, but I want to be sure there is absolutely no way she would survive.

    Do beaks grow back? How would she eat and drink without it? One eye is closed and the other is open. I feel terrible.
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I'm not sure which way I would go, is she still alive, chickens have been known to heal from some pretty bad injuries, if she appeared to be suffering after the initial day of shock I probably would cull, otherwise I would let her behavior and ability to eat and drink be my guide.

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