something attacked...2 injured chickens return after 3 days....

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by spish, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

    Apr 7, 2010
    a few evenings ago the geese were making an awful racket in the field, but after a search round we couldnt see anything so went back inside. the next morning in the light we saw a few 'piles' of feathers here and there...and three missing chickens. 2 red laying hens and my non-silkied silkie.
    i didnt even bother searching further as i presumed they'd been eaten due to all the feathers left behind.

    anyhow this morning 2 chickens have re-appeared in the red hen and the nonsilkie silkie. the red hen will not put any weight on her left leg...but i see no visable injuries? i cant feel any breaks nor see any bruising but she will not use that leg.

    the non silkied silkie oon first glance seemed unharmed so i watched her for a while and noticed she kept her distance a bit from everyone so i decided to catch her too. (and that was a lot of work...she's mighty quick and can fly!)
    on closer inspection she has some big wounds on either side of her body (on the underneath/abdomen and chest areas) and a large wound across her thigh, theres lots of large puncture wounds, non are bleeding anymore but she has lots of dried sticky gooey blood around them and they are weeping. there is also an odour..not like dead decaying smell but 'old blood' smell.

    ive brought her inside also and caged her with food and water..she seemed intrested enough in both and is loudly protesting at her being locked up. but how do i go about cleaning these 'old' wounds? they must be 3 days old now? if it was a fresh wound id clean her up and let her heal, but as these are a few days old and 'gooey/oozing' i'm looking for a bit more advice.....should i put her on antibiotics? (i have denagard to hand) should i pluck around the wounds? (shes very fluffy down there and the fluff is sticking in the holes)

    what should i do with the red hen? keep her as still as possible and let her 'rest'?




  2. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2011
    Knee Deep
    Clean the silkie as best you can ( I have used dawn dish soap and warm water). Cut the feathers away from the holes and keep them open. Clean everyday and let them heal from the inside out. With a bite wound you are worried about infection in the hole from the tooth, which is why you soak the scabs off every day and clean. Antibiotics would help alot. Good luck [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2011
  3. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

    Apr 7, 2010
    thats what worrys me most is infection [​IMG] so do i bathe her everyday or just dab around the wound with warm water? should i put any kind of cream on the wound or gauze or leave them open to air?
  4. MissJenny

    MissJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2009
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    To prevent them from getting a chill I would dab around the wound. Some people would leave it open to the air, others would rub the wounds with Neosporin WITHOUT pain killer.

    I wish your hens a speedy recovery and that the big bad snatchy thing does not soon return.

  5. Jobele

    Jobele Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2011
    I would use warm water with a little Dawn dishwashing liquid added to it.....take a soft cotton ball and dab the wounds to clean them....then rinse to be sure and get the soap out. Then I would put Neosporin Antibiotic cream on the wounds to help keep infection out. Good luck!

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