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Shock or injury?? Please help!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by brett1984, Apr 14, 2017.

  1. brett1984

    brett1984 In the Brooder

    Jan 28, 2017
    I recently bought two buff Orpingtons hens. They were out of the run today with my other chickens and my neighbors dog got out and came over. He killed one of my young RIR pullets and at first couldn't find one of my Buffs or my dominique rooster who also was attacked and is fine. I found "Goldie" as my 6 year old named her under a tree stump and returned her to the run. She will hardly move. She stand up but with a distant look on her face. She's drank water and eaten some scratch I gave her but she will not walk around and act normal. Could this be shock? Or could she have internal injuries? I see no signs that the dog grabbed her. But it's not always obvious. Please help!! I have her inside in my lap now to try and help her perk up. But she hardly moves. [​IMG]

  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I'm sorry about the attack. She may be in shock for a few hours, but she also could have internal injuries. I have had a couple of chickens attacked, and they will sometimes look dead afterward as they lie in shock, sometimes with puncture wounds, skinned, and unable to walk. That hen recovered in a few weeks. They sometimes had no obvious injuries, but died within an hour. Keep her in a dim spot away from other chickens, and let her rest overnight. Quickly look her over for wounds or punctures. Then in the morning, I would try to give her water from a cup, add electrolytes and vitamins if you have them. Make a watery feed, and add chopped egg, and try to get her to eat. I really hope she is not injured too bafly, but just afraid.

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