Update 3/13 Blood :( - HELP! Flock attacked, 1 injured

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by robomb, Mar 7, 2017.

  1. robomb

    robomb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is the second time in about 6 months that my flock has been attacked by something. I wasn't sure if it was a dog or a weasel the first time - killed 5 of my 8. It got 4 more, and today again, 5 were found dead in the run. My neighbor saw it, and said it looked like a big coyote, but it had light eyes like a husky. My neighbor scared it off, but it came back and was trying to take a chicken with him.

    Here's the big problem, I found one of the hens under the coop and she is clearly injured. Her back is pretty lacerated. I don't know what to do. The one who flew over the stockade fence is safe and now locked in the coop. I put the injured girl in the garage (where they lay eggs) - do I leave her alone or put her in the coop with the other hen? How do I treat it? How much suffering will she endure if I wait it out and do nothing? I feel so helpless. I don't know what to do for her.
     
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  2. MissNutmeg

    MissNutmeg Chillin' With My Peeps

    The best thing right now is to isolate her. Is her wound bleeding?
     
  3. robomb

    robomb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, it's not bleeding - just very raw. Should I move her into the dog crate w/food & water? She did not seem interested in either - she seems like she's in shock. Very skittish - trying to run away, but clearly impaired
     
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  4. MissNutmeg

    MissNutmeg Chillin' With My Peeps

    She is most likely in pain, so I would give her a 1/2 tablet of baby aspirin.
     
  5. robomb

    robomb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That should be interesting - trying to pop it down her throat without hurting her more...
     
  6. MissNutmeg

    MissNutmeg Chillin' With My Peeps

    *and.... dilute the tablet into her drinking water.
     
  7. MissNutmeg

    MissNutmeg Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would use Saline Wound Wash to rinse out the wound.
     
  8. robomb

    robomb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I happen to have Vetericyn spray and saw that it is listed as a safe topical in the BYC medical reference section. I discovered that I do not have aspirin in the house - unfortunately I have a dog training tonight and need to leave soon, but I will pick up the baby aspirin and dissolve in water for her. I half expect to find her dead each time I go to check. :'(
     
  9. robomb

    robomb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Should I bring her in the house? It has been bitterly cold here (Vermont) lately, but tonight will be in the upper 30's. I could put the crate in a spare room that will be about 55 degrees. Don't know if she'll be better off inside where it's a bit warmer (also makes it easier for me to treat her / check on her).
     
  10. MissNutmeg

    MissNutmeg Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would suggest to bring her inside.
     

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