Show me your raccoon attack pictures please...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by b2c2chicks, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. b2c2chicks

    b2c2chicks Chirping

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    Stupid me, in all of the panic, forgot to take a picture. I went out to the new coop to get eggs tonight...so they didn’t freeze....since I’ve spent the day at the hospital with my husband. I’m 8 months pregnant and I. AM. PISSED. Never had predator issues, but by George as soon as we aren’t here for one night they strike!!!

    One of my Marans hens was on the roost with her tail hanging by the skin and maybe a bit of tendon keeping it in place. On each side of her rump bone it’s a huge deep bloody wound. I’m thinking raccoon but I could be wrong. I don’t think the other 3 hens and roo could’ve been capable of this. I would expect a more messy wound and the tail to not be pulled out of socket had it been them. This looks to be a rather clean bite, with many broken feathers as a result of the struggle.

    It looks like something grabbed her by the tail through the 2x4” welded wire and pulled her to the side of the run, biting just above her tail and pulling it out of socket. There are some feathers scattered on the outside of the run (but also some on the inside) and blood spatter against the perimeter inside the run. None of the others have blood on them. At first I thought it was a severe pecking wound until I realized her tail was drooping....one hen had exposed saddle skin so I assumed it was her...but after a good look, it was actually one of the others.

    Does this sound like a raccoon? In the 3 years here, we have NEVER seen raccoons!!! Foxes and opossums all the time...but whatever this was seems to have had hands.

    Unless...the rooster broke her tail? Is that even possible?

    I’ll take a picture tomorrow when I unbandage her. I don’t know if I should cull or not. I think it will heal, but if it is a broken tail, I’m not sure how that will affect her breeding capability and overall quality of life.
     
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  2. EggWalrus

    EggWalrus Crowing

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    Coons usually will reach thru fencing, grab the head and eat it. But if hungry enough I guess they will settle for the other end. With it reaching thru the fence and taking a bite it sounds like a coon. Try putting up some hardware cloth on the 2 bottom feet of the pen. Good luck!
     
  3. micstrachan

    micstrachan Free Ranging

    Yes, reaching through sounds like a raccoon to me, too. Hardware cloth is your friend here.
     
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  4. SilkiesnFrizzle

    SilkiesnFrizzle Songster

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    I agree, get hardware cloth. Raccoons normally grab for the head and rip it off to eat the contents of the birds crop. Seen it a few too many times.
     
  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Crossing the Road

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    How are your hens and you too?
     
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  6. Raptorchick

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    I'm so sorry about your hen :( I once found one of my one month olds with his wing bone caught in the fence, as the raccoon had stripped him clean of flesh and feathers over the end part of the wing. Had to research some chicken anatomy, but in the end was able to patch the wound with sugar/honey wraps, and amputated the dead bone/disconnected flesh. Now hes my favorite rooster, and has only one wing. Chickens usually have a very high pain tolerance and are quick to heal. If theres a "pouch" in the skin, ie a deep wound with skin disconnected, keep it clean with a betadine and sterile water solution, then put a bacitracin/neosporin ointment, and I highly recommend sugar on top of the ointment for faster healer. Her skin may reattach itself after a few days if kept clean.
     
  7. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

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    I am so sorry about your sweet girl......How is she doing?....:hugs
     
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  8. b2c2chicks

    b2c2chicks Chirping

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    Thank you all for your concern! Yesterday we ended up stapling 1/4” hardware cloth 2 feet up all around the run. While out, I noticed Lavender Orpington feathers laying around, and started checking everybody. It looks like someone took a razor and shaved a huge chunk of feathers out of one of the rooster’s chest...like PP said, around where the crop is located. He’s okay. We’re happy nobody was killed! So I’d bet it was a coon for sure.

    As for Mrs. Broken Tail...she seems resilient. She’s been in a kennel in the basement. I spray the wound with Microcyn (I think that’s what it’s called), pat it dry, and pack it with neosporin. That’s always been my best method for wound treatment. I dressed it the first night and she left it alone. She even laid an egg despite all of this! Last night as I was cleaning her, she ate the neosporin cap!!! Before I could even try to think about stopping her! So...whatever. If the coon and neosporin cap don’t kill her, she’s good. I’ll keep an eye on her I’ve heard of them eating much worse. Then she started trying to eat the gauze and tape, and neosporin, so I left it uncovered. It’s deep, and bruised, but it’s already healing...amazingly.

    Just when I think I meet a chicken wound that won’t heal, they always end up surprising me!
     
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  9. b2c2chicks

    b2c2chicks Chirping

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    Oh my! Again...just when I think I’ve met a chicken wound that’s too bad, they end up pulling through!!!

    I now feel bad for even thinking about culling Mrs. Wattles that time she had a hole in the back of her head LOL...that was nothing compared to some of the stuff on here they’ve survived!!!
     
  10. Wyorp Rock

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    Thank you for the update!
    It sounds like she's healing nicely. Hopefully the hardware cloth will help deter these attacks.
     

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