Wild Animal Attack!! Please Advise

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Aunt Mildred, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. Aunt Mildred

    Aunt Mildred Out Of The Brooder

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    Yesterday some type of canine got into our yard and attacked our 3 polish hens Aunt Dot, Aunt Louise, and Aunt Florence (1 year old this month). Dot was killed (she will be greatly missed) but we found Louise huddled away in a corner of the yard, all her back and tail feathers had been stripped off but she was alive. I found Florence down the street in a neighbors garage, she managed to get away over the fence but lost her tail feathers.

    Florence was shocked but responsive and is acting tired but eating and drinking and I think she will recover.

    Louise was really terrorized, we gave her a 50/50 for getting thru the night but she is still alive this morning. She can stand but only briefly then she huddles back down but keeps her head up. She drinks a little if I hold the bowl up to her beak but I am not sure how much fluid she is getting. If I hold water in a straw and put it to the end of her beak she will drink a few drops. She is eating a little yogurt off a spoon when I put it up to her beak. Her back looks pretty bad but we put neosporin on the red fleshy areas. She is not attempting to walk or really move much but does keep her head up all the time.

    Both chickens are now in a spare bedroom, florence in a big wire dog crate with regular food (layer pellets) and a waterer. She is drinking and eating good. Louise is outside of the crate laying on a towel (in a egg laying position) next to Florence but florence cant peck at her. They have a red heat lamp, a quiet room, and a window for natural light.

    Please advise:
    Should I be doing some thing different care wise?
    Should I leave them alone to rest most of the day or try to stimulate them a little i.e. petting or talking.
    Recipe for Pediatric Electrolyte dilution in water
    Recipe/recommendation for aspirin dilution in water for Louise (does she need it?)
    Should I try to feed Louise more than just yogurt? Recommendations
    How should I go about watering Louise, continuously until she just wont drink any more or a little at a time throughout the day?

    I would greatly appreciate your advice and/or reassurance about my methods. We are still in a little state of shock over the whole incident so I am not sure if I am thinking straight. I will be building them the most secure run you ever saw before they go back outside. I am headed out to pay my last respect to my good friend dot,

    Thank you all in advance
     
  2. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The neighbors 3 pound terror used to pluck 12 of our hens. He scratched a few(3). 2 got infections and died. In hindsight I would give them an antibiotic injection for any scratch or puncture.
     
  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Should I be doing some thing different care wise?
    You seem to be doing well, and giving them time to adapt and feel safe again. Are you improving your setup outdoors to separate your birds from predators? ( yes, I include dogs in that).
    Should I leave them alone to rest most of the day or try to stimulate them a little i.e. petting or talking.
    They probably regard you as their human mother so do as much as you are able.
    Recipe for Pediatric Electrolyte dilution in water
    Not sure, hope someone knows, but a few drops of Pedialyte in water would be fine, or 1/2 tsp poultry electrolytes per litre/quart).
    Recipe/recommendation for aspirin dilution in water for Louise (does she need it?)

    Not sure, would recommend electrolytes- one change at a time to evaluate progress. Seem to remember about 1/2 table of 81 mg dosage in water. This could be searched on-site in link above. You can get electrolytes with ot without terramycin (antibiotic).
    Should I try to feed Louise more than just yogurt? Recommendations
    Let the hen decide. Good choice, yogurt. As she improves add some commercial mix to get her usual balance of nutrients. If she will take fresh tidbits- cabbage, berries, etc, let her.
    How should I go about watering Louise, continuously until she just wont drink any more or a little at a time throughout the day?
    They like cucumber, which is mostly water.

    Hope this helps...best of luck.[​IMG]
     
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  4. the_eagle69

    the_eagle69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds great so far your hens are scared and stressed not to mention sore they are not use to working as hard as they did to get away it will take time. One major down side if the dog broke blood and i asume it did it will come back or at least that has been my experence with chicken killing dogs [​IMG] so keep an eye out.
     
  5. Aunt Mildred

    Aunt Mildred Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everybody for your help. I am an architect by trade and today I am designing an outdoor run that it would take a bear to get into (we dont have bears in Central Oklahoma at least not in town) The Aunts wont be free ranging anymore unless I am with them in the yard and I am going to try and trap the animal that did this. I am almost sure it was a coyote or fox because of the tracks in the garden and the amazing way it got in and out of the yard through both a 6' wood fence (new and tight) and a 4' chain link fence.

    I think Florence was the hero of the day because it chased after her when she flew over the fence (the neighbor saw her come flying across their lot still obviously in flight mode and I think that is what saved Louise.
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I'm sorry about the injuries and dead birds. This is one occasion when antibiotics are very definitely called for. For injuries, Id use injectible Penicillin for 3-4 days.
     
  7. minna

    minna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She should be fine. Offer her food and water and she will probably eat normally soon. The antibiotics would be a good idea to prevent infection and take care of any that may already be setting in. It will take her time to get over the shock and to get her strength back. I recused a hen that was attacked by a dog and it took her about 3 days to get her legs back under her and about 2 months to get back to 100%.
     
  8. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    It does sound like you're doing really well, I'd leave a little of their normal feed in reach of Tante Louise too... she may pick at it and it's what she's used to. the electrolytes would be good, and also, possibly some warm oatmeal after a while, they do seem to love it.. and keep trying with the water!! That's really important in almost all injuries.

    Hopefully she's just sore from the plucking, and needs time to recover. I've read that even having one feather yanked out can be very traumatic to a bird, that many has to be very bad.

    [edit] Oh, and I wanted to say I'd be suspicious that it's a domestic dog who did this, cause a fox would probably eat or carry off the dead bird, coyotes -might- just harry them, but would probably take at least one... domestic dogs very often just 'chase and grab' but not always eat their kill.
     
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  9. Aunt Mildred

    Aunt Mildred Out Of The Brooder

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    Are the antibiotics that you are all referring to something I need to have a vet administer or provide them myself? Are these injections or can you put them in water? Where can I find them?

    Thank you all very much
     
  10. minna

    minna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can get antibiotics at most any feed store. They can be injected or administered through water. I prefer injections in these situations.
     

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