Something tried to kill my rooster

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by wagoncab, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. wagoncab

    wagoncab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went outside to let everyone out this morning and to my horror, one of my roosters is all tore up.
    It was already dark when we closed everyone up last night so I am not sure just when yesterday
    this happened.
    Something grabbed him by the head and he pulled away. The skin from the back of his head and neck
    is ripped away. No flesh is missing. No fresh bleeding. He is on his feet but does not want to eat or drink
    right now. I have put some ointment on his wound and have him in the pen by himself.
    If he survives the day, I will have to put him in a safe place so the other chickens don't pick on him.
    I am open to suggestions of other things to treat his injuries.
    Thanks
    Cindy
     
  2. Chickenlover20

    Chickenlover20 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Probably Raccoon did this. Because they have a thumbs to grab anything.
     
  3. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And whatever did it will probably be back so make sure you fix where it could grab him so it can't again.
     
  4. wagoncab

    wagoncab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens are free range in the daytime. This happened while he was out.
    Cindy
     
  5. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah didn't realize it happen before he was put up. Just keep up with the antibiotic ointment. Epsom salts would be good for it though I guess you can't soak his head! Maybe put soak a rag and appy it for a bit?
     
  6. wagoncab

    wagoncab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well he is still on his feet and I have seen him take a drink of water. I will have to bring
    him indoors tonight so he doesn't get picked on.
    Cindy
     
  7. wagoncab

    wagoncab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The more I look at him, the more I think a dog gabbed him. I now see what appear to be
    teeth marks. There are a couple of dogs that I have seen occasionally in my pasture.
    I have not seen them come near the house or chase after the chickens.
    I will bring him in tonight, It's supposed to get pretty chilly and he has no feathers
    on his head and neck. He looks like a Turken.
    Cindy
     
  8. wagoncab

    wagoncab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well he made it through the night[​IMG]
    This morning I put him in the sink with warm soapy water
    and did some cleaning and trimmed away some feathers.
    He took it like a trooper and was very calm.
    I gooped him up real good with ointment and put him back in
    the crate to dry off. He is eating and drinking.
    Cindy
     

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