Wound Worse than I Thought, Advice. WARNING! **GRAPHIC PICTURE**

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kimmi500, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. Kimmi500

    Kimmi500 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2012
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Hi everyone,
    I posted earlier today and thought I had a handle on things, now I am not so sure. This is my 25 week old Red Sex-link pullet named Nugget. She was attacked by our dog last night. She came home this morning and she was clearly injured. I initially thought it was just two puncture wounds. After closer inspection I noticed that a large patch of skin is missing, roughly 3inx3in. The muscle wall is intact. She is eating, drinking water with electrolytes and even laid an egg. I gently washed up the area, applied some Neosporin and gave her a dose of antibiotics. In you guys expert opinion, does she have a reasonable chance or should we put her down? She so far is acting like a normal chicken, not depressed, just a bit stiff and sore. Any thoughts would greatly appreciated. I have never encountered anything like this before. Thanks so much!
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    I'd give her a chance at healing. I have seen chickens heal from similar injuries. It is very important to keep her in an area where flies can not get to the wound. Give her a try as long as she is eating, drinking and 'trying' to survive. Good luck.
  3. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

    Mar 31, 2012
    London, UK
    My Coop
    my buff orp was worse still recovering but been a few weeks now and she is defo on the mend

    i sprayed it with teramysin blue to stop hens pecking and help heal
  4. Ixyavi

    Ixyavi Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 13, 2012
    Vancouver, WA
    I think everything deserves a fighting chance. If she is still showing signs of quality of life then you should give it some time.
  5. VioletBlueIvy

    VioletBlueIvy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2010
    I've seen worse. My mothers hen was attacked and ALL the skin on her back was gone. She cleaned it out the best she could and put neosporin all over it and covered the wound with the hens own feathers that had come off, laying them in the neosporin, and it dried into a scab like covering. When the skin grew back, the new feathers coming in pushed the scab off. It healed completely. It was really amazing. Cover it, watch for signs of infection, spoil her, give het some electrolytes, and some time :)
  6. jk216

    jk216 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 7, 2012
    Margate, kent
    hi all I need some advice, Bluebell one of my chickens has been pecked just above her legs on both sides of her body we hadn't noticed the wounds because they were covered by her wings, we sprayed her with anti peck which also has antiseptic solution included Bluebell is eating and drinking well we are also giving her extra protein (meal worms) to help her through the healing process. In herself she seems fine, she does mix with the other girls with supervision and at night she is separated just in case we are late letting them out in the morning. Is their anything else I should be doing for her? Any help would be so grateful as we have never had to deal with this type of problem before. Many thanks Julie
  7. 24279102

    24279102 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    Grand Bay, AL
    My RIR was attacked by a hawk and had a huge wound . In hindsight I probably should have sewn it shut but I didn't so..I just cleaned it very well and put bluekote on it. Fortunately it was hidden by her wing so the others could not see it. I tended to it only if it needed it. The Blukote kept it dry and although she is a bit gimpy when she runs it has totally healed. I hope she does well.
  8. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Is her oil gland and vent area still intact..... I would spray her with an emergency wound spray and cover the wound with gauze and tape around the edges to her feathers to hold it in place. Give supportive care...keep her inside so no flys get to the wound... If any skin can be sewn back...then possibly do so..otherwise let her be. Best wishes...
  9. plm6846

    plm6846 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 17, 2012
    As a human RN, I know flys lay eggs which turn into maggots. Not so bad...maggots only eat dead flesh, may keep a wound clean...Our chicken was attacked by a Owl on her first day with us (daughters house) and he managed to tear a chunk of feathers off her back and a chunk of flesh, not too deep about 1/2 inch round, she is getting stronger today (day 2) we keep her in the hospital linen basket at night and let her be with her friend in the day time. Never had chickens never had a owl so close..so the children are really learning for sure!
  10. cardinalmaccio

    cardinalmaccio Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 18, 2012
    so glad you are a rn, we had to bring Lee Lee our Brahma to the vet after our rooster, Benny "treaded" to often, LeeLee had to have surgery and is doing well, sending prayers that Nugget recovers too! (we are buying saddles for all our hens now) does anyone know how to protect a hen's neck from the rooster pulling at her neck when he is treading?

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