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Wishbone attacked by a cat

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by happyisclaire, Sep 21, 2016.

  1. happyisclaire

    happyisclaire New Egg

    Sep 21, 2016
    Hi all. I have had 3 ladies for 6 months. Today one of them Wishbone has been attacked by a cat. She has a large wound with a flap of skin hanging. Wound has been cleaned with hibiscrub and antibiotics collected from vet.
    I'm quite worried as she is so docile and didn't flinch once.
    Main question is should I keep her in the house to prevent flies/maggots. If yes what should I feed her and what else can I do to try keep her safe and well?
    All advice greatly appreciated.
    Claire. X
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome Claire

    Glad you could join us here! I'm sorry to hear about Wishbone being attacked :hugs The hibiscrub and antibiotics should really help keep any infection at bay. Her being quiet and lethargic is more than likely a sign of shock from the attack. Keeping her seperate and quiet will give her chance to get over this shock and keeping her warm will really help. I find scrambled or hard boiled chopped egg great for when birds are under the weather. Also extra vitamins and minerals are good in their water. Here are some threads on shock that I'm sure you will find helpful ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=Shock+#

    Good luck with her and I hope she is well again soon :fl
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  3. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    I would definitely recommend keeping her indoors for the duration of her recovery.
  4. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

    Dec 12, 2013

    Sorry to hear about your injured bird. Yorkshire Coop has given you some good advice...hope Wishbone heals soon.

    Thanks for joining us, it's nice to have you here!
  5. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] Hello and Welcome to BYC.

    So sorry about Wishbone - hope she fully recovers under your TLC [​IMG]
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  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
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  7. happyisclaire

    happyisclaire New Egg

    Sep 21, 2016
    Thank you for replying. I've just checked her and she seems calm for now. Fingers crossed for a good recovery. X
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Yes, keep her indoors - to protect her from flies. Maggots can cause hideous wounds much worst than the initial attack. They can also migrate through the body doing major damage.
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  9. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Welcome to Backyard chickens and I am sooo sorry to hear about poor Wishbone! KEEP HER INSIDE AT ALL COSTS!!!! I had a duck get injured by my dogs and it was my first time with wound and I did not know what to do and he got infested. It was so bad.
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  10. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and :welcome! Pleased you joined us. Hope Wishbone is doing okay.:)
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