Young hen recovering from dog attack

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JuliasHens, Sep 15, 2017.

  1. JuliasHens

    JuliasHens Hatching

    Sep 15, 2017
    Hi all, sorry for the long post but some details might be important!
    My flock of chickens were attacked by a dog on Monday, my boyfriend was able to pull the dog off one of the hens and scare it away just in time, however a different one of the young Ameraucana hens (born late April 2017) went missing. We have 2.5 acres and I looked for her for 2 and a half hours but wasn't able to find her before it got dark, so we had to close up the rest of the chickens (6 total) in the coop and she spent the night hiding out. When we found the missing hen the next day she was visibly traumatized and had a small injury on her back with no blood, just a spot in the middle of her back missing feathers and some matting. We built her a temporary coop on the deck so we can keep close watch on her and hand-feed/water. She won't drink unless i held up a small cup for her and she's just started to be able to reach her neck down to take sips, but now it's Friday and I have yet to see her eat. We've put all of her favorite snacks out, corn, lettuce, seeds, mealworms but I'm noticing now that even when i hold a pile of seeds close to her, she's unable to find them and seems to peck at the air. One of her eyes seems like it could be blind and her depth perception off, but it shows no visible signs of trauma other than that it was swollen shut for the first two days. Has anyone had any issues like this before? could it be temporary blindness from the trauma? Will she ever figure out how to eat again?

    Her energy level seems to be increasing and I'm watching her wander around the deck sunning herself as I write this. She keeps showing interest in the piles of food but can't seem to get a good peck to pick some up.

    One other thing to note, when she first started drinking sips of water her poop was nearly clear & pure liquid, but now it's showing more normal consistency and color. Maybe she's eating when I'm not looking, but it doesn't seem like she's had much because the piles of food seem the same.
  2. chippysmom

    chippysmom Chirping

    Jul 15, 2012
    Keep doing what you're doing, we had a hen attacked and we had to push her head down for quite a while until she recovered and started drinking on her own. Make sure there aren't any punctures anywhere, if they are keep them clean and use a clean finger to push some neoporin into the wound. With our hen, she didn't want to eat either, I made her some oatmeal and powdered potatoes, they were easy for her to eat (although maybe not the best food for her) and soon she was going after mealworms, bugs, and then her food. Good luck!
  3. JuliasHens

    JuliasHens Hatching

    Sep 15, 2017
    Thank you so much! Crazy enough I actually just got her to eat some oatmeal for the first time. I'm hoping she'll start to work up enough of an appetite to eat some more nutritious foods, and I'm going to go get her some mealworms, thanks for the reminder!
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Make some chicken feed mixed with a lot of water and some egg into a small cup. That will get more water into her and may appear to her. The eye could be injured, so I would look inside for any drainage or pus. Terramycin ointment or Veterycin are good feed store products for eyes. It can be a few days to see if there are internal injuries, but help her to get to the food and water until she can find it. Good luck.

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