Wounded chicken still won't eat or drink, could it be something else? HELP PLEASE

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Elsab, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. Elsab

    Elsab New Egg

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    Hi all, I have a 2 year old hen who was badly wounded by the rooster during mating. I found her 5 days ago, breathing heavily, wouldn't move, eyes shut, and had a pretty bad gash on her back from the rooster spur I assume. Since then I've separated her and have been "force feeding" food and water a few times a day. She perked up a bit by day 2 and day 3 opened her eyes and even limped around a bit. I've been giving liquids through a dropper a few times a day, gatorade mix, and honey water, plus scrambled eggs and yogurt. Her wound has healed over nicely, one eye is still not open all the way, and she won't eat or drink on her own, but she has improved and is much more alert. I have to force her beak open and drop in tiny bits of food, then she swallows it most of the time. Her poops are part solid, part yellow-green watery, no blood.

    I can't afford to take her to a vet and am wondering how long I should continue this type of treatment or if there is something else simple that I should be doing for her. Does this sound like her condition was indeed caused by the spur wound or is there something else entirely that I should be treating for? I'm not very familiar with chicken diseases but the rest of the flock is doing just fine. Any advice would be much appreciated, I've learned a lot already from this forum, thank you!
     
  2. chickenzoo

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    Two thoughts...
    One is that perhaps she has an internal infection and needs an antibiotic.
    Thought two is she may have been weak from another cause and the roo took advantage of her condition.
    When was she last wormed?
     
  3. Elsab

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    Any suggestions on what type of antibiotic to use? Can I get it at Tractor Supply? Never been wormed, how do I tell if she has worms?

    Here's a poo pic if that helps anyone
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  4. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    You can get the durmycian antibiotic fromTSC. It's ok for mild infections..I'd pick up some penicillin also incase you ever need it in the future or if she gets worse. Whenever chickens get droopy and weak I always worm with Safeguard liquid goat wormer or horse paste... It is a cheap and easy thing to rule out and is a common problem if chickens start looking down.

    You can take her temp and compare it to your other chickens...see if she is running a fever which could signal infection.

    When did she last lay an egg? Check for egg binding also...just incase.
     

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