Was thinking of stitching this wound- what do you think I should do? Will this heal by itself?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by birdlove, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. birdlove

    birdlove New Egg

    Jan 10, 2013
    One of my hens- about 2 1/2 yrs old, got attacked on the chest by a hawk about 10 days ago while I was out of town and my neighbor scared it away. My housesitter put peroxide on wound and kept her separated until I returned. 4 days later I came home and examined her and poured thyme tea over the wound (which smelled bad at that time.) I couldn't tell exactly what was going on with it. There were hardened pieces of skin and feathers hanging. Today I poured more thyme tea over it again and this time it did not smell bad, but I definitely see a hole about 1/2" diameter in her upper chest-THE CROP?- and can see partially digested food coming out of it. She is eating and running around and laying eggs, but I don't see how this will heal itself. Would stitching it closed help? (Is it too late?) Any other suggestions? Is she likely to survive this? Thanks for any help.
  2. TweetyNPetey

    TweetyNPetey Chillin' With My Peeps

    If she acts healthy, and she is eating and laying, she will probably be fine! But keep putting your thyme tea and put petroleum jelly on it every day. Then see how she does. If it starts smelling again, call your vet and ask him what you should do. I had a hen, and i went out one day, and there was a hole going up into her chest!!!!! i could see one of her bones! but she survived, and i still have her. It healed itself after a few weeks

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