In my limited experience I have to say chickens are great healers.
I lost my rooster & 2 hens to a fox about a month ago and a fourth hen was injured - bites on her back. She walked odd for a couple days too.
I did nothing, as she had scabbed over before I found the injury and she's fine today.
If I had seen fresh wounds I would have treated with Blu-Kote to prevent the others from pecking at the wound.
You can add antibiotic to their water or syringe a dose into your rooster if he doesn't look to be healing cleanly.
My survivors - 4 hens - are now confined to their fenced yard since I saw the fox eyeing them from outside the fence a week after the attack.
No more freerange buffet, Reynard!
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Yes, they care about their friends-why wouldn't they?
I'm so glad you saved the poor guy! He must have been horrified. Years ago, our big Roo saved his girls from a night time raccoon raid. The girls all screamed so we were all shaken from our beds. We ran out with golf clubs and baseball bats to see the 'coon humping her way across the lawn, away from the chicken house, as fast as she could go. Roo was battered and bloodied but just as puffed up as he could be. I daubed H2O2 all over his wounds and that was that.
He went on to live a long life, attacking the UPS man and his truck, and lying in wait for the school bus, where he would jump up and flap on the bumper as it slowed to pick up our children!
Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.
Can you get a quick makeshift coop built? It literally just takes screwing a square/rectangular frame and then either wire or plywood (or both) to fortify it, and a plywood piece cut for a door. that way he could be outside doing what chickens do, but protected.
Is he improving at least?
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