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Chicken mauled by dog--two weeks later! (update)

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  • Chicken mauled by dog--two weeks later! (update)

    One of my chickies had a close encounter with a Weimaraner yesterday. She is pretty torn up--deep bite/lacerations across her back, down into the muscle. She is walking, even eating a little bit, but obviously pretty uncomfortable. Almost no bleeding and as near as I can tell the wounds are very clean. I've put some Wonder Dust on them. The other hens aren't bothering her.

    Any hope at all for her, or should I just plan to take her and have her euthanized?
    Last edited by deltawave; May. 3, 2011, 06:18 PM.
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  • #2
    I would probably give her some vita-drip to boost her system up a little bit, and keep an eye on her. I'd almost be inclined to toss her in a dog crate and bring her into the warm house for a while too, nurse her back to health with lots of goodies. Chickens are very resilient, but you want to make sure that she's getting enough nutrients into her. The vita-drip will help with that, and make her yummy things like oatmeal with raisins that will get both liquid and food into her.

    Poor girl! I've never been a huge chicken fan but that's just because their talons creep me out a bit....they are entertaining birds when they don't belong to me!


    • #3
      There is hope!
      I've seen chickens torn up pretty bad by dogs that have made it. Good luck!
      "Reason is, and ought to be, the slave of passions." David Hume


      • #4
        I have had a turkey that was attacked by coyotes live and a buff orp who was attacked by a fox live. It seems like the important thing was to keep the other chickens from pecking it and to keep them warm. Blue kote or something like that will deter the other chickens from pecking I believe.

        With the turkey, we sprayed some purple colored stuff on him, but it was years ago, so I don't remember what it was. For the buff, I used a tea tree oil product that came in a spray.
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        • #5
          had a hen escape from a varmit -- big chunk missing from her back -- I put antibiotic salve on it, wrapped it and isolated her in a dog crate until healed (had a rooster at the time and his mounting her is what brought it to my attention as she was trying so hard to get away from him)

          she healed up fine and was then returned to flock
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          • #6
            Major lunchtime smile at the idea of your chicken in a dog crate in your kitchen, eating oatmeal with raisins along with your son in the morning before school!


            • Original Poster

              I'm thinking Alu-Film as the next step. She freaked when I took her out of the pen and away from her flock, so am not sure if she'd do better or worse separated. Thankfully the other hens are not pestering her.

              I almost feel worse for my poor neighbor whose dog did the deed. She's so upset, poor lady. Not her fault, nor the dog's--I usually don't let them out in the morning around when she walks her dogs down our drive, but I did yesterday.
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              • #8
                Chickens are mean, and if/when they do decide to start pecking at it, it may be too late for you to do anything. Anytime one of my chickens are injured I put them in the "hospital", my big dog crate in the garage. When the sun shines I open the door so they can enjoy the weather.

                They are awesome critters, but Holy Cow! they pick on a weaker one fast...


                • #9
                  I saved a chicken from a fox but she was pretty torn up. Fox had snatched her bald, and left some lacerations. There is no way to bandage a chickens ass. So I cleaned the wounds with betadine and sprayed her with alu film.

                  The alufilm kept flies off the wounds, and though she walked around with a silver ass until her feathers started to grow back, the other hens left her alone.

                  I'd try the alufilm. It worked for her.

                  Hope she makes it. Good luck
                  Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
                  Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
                  -Rudyard Kipling


                  • #10
                    I'd cage her until she heals. I had a guinea attacked by a horse (it was in her stall - poor thing)...he survived and I didn't expect it to. I gave him a couple shots of Pen G and treated the topical woulds with triple anti-biotic and kept him caged until he healed. He's still alive and kicking at 11 years old .


                    • #11
                      Chickens are pretty good healers.
                      Try searching this forum on BYC for some treatment ideas:


                      Here's hoping your girl makes a full recovery
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                      • #12
                        I had a hen who was grabbed by something (fox or hawk, never was quite sure) - it peeled the skin right off her back. I sprayed her with blue kote, kept her in a crate in the tack room where it was warm, and she healed up just fine.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Zarafia View Post
                          There is hope!
                          I've seen chickens torn up pretty bad by dogs that have made it. Good luck!
                          This I had one that had a close encounter with a boxer. She was a mess, no tail feathers, bloody. We cleaned her with betadine and put her in the coop till the next day. It took some time but feathers grew back and she was fine. Good luck with yours.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JSwan View Post
                            I saved a chicken from a fox but she was pretty torn up. Fox had snatched her bald, and left some lacerations. There is no way to bandage a chickens ass. So I cleaned the wounds with betadine and sprayed her with alu film.

                            The alufilm kept flies off the wounds, and though she walked around with a silver ass until her feathers started to grow back, the other hens left her alone.

                            I'd try the alufilm. It worked for her.

                            Hope she makes it. Good luck
                            Thanks again JS...love your visuals and way with words
                            (I laughed out loud at work)


                            • #15
                              Keep her in a dark place and she'll stay pretty calm. I would go ahead and give her Poly-vi-Sol without the iron. Three drops twice a day should do it. When mine get hurt that badly, I go ahead and start them on 1/4-1/2 cc, depending on size, of Penn-G, administered IM once every other day for four days. Make sure you have a 1/2" needle and don't hit a vein or the crop. The left breast is the easiest place. She may surprise you. They're pretty darn hardy.
                              "Rock n' roll's not through, yeah, I'm sewing wings on this thing." --Destroyer


                              • #16
                                I had a chicken mauled by a raccoon and we brought her into the vet. Unfortunately, after being on a feeding tube for a couple of days, she refused to eat and we had to have her euthanized. But she was pretty chewed up.

                                At the vet where I now work, we had a chicken brought in recently that had been attacked by a dog and they cleaned her up and gave her a week's worth of antibiotics (baytril and metronizadole), and advised the owner to keep her separate from the rest of the chickens in case they bothered her. And they had them employ the clean and dry wound treatment-clean with betadine or peroxide.


                                • #17
                                  Jingles for the chicken ~

                                  Jingles she eats and regains her health ~ AO
                                  Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


                                  • Original Poster

                                    She's currently huddled solo in the corner of the barn in a deep bed of hay with the heat lamp on and food and water (with vitamins) within easy reach. Not moving around much, but bright eyed and clucking, so we'll see. Thanks for all the stories and advice.
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                                    • #19
                                      Jingles for the wonder dusted chicken! Here's hoping oatmeal with raisins puts everything right again!
                                      Last edited by allpurpose; Apr. 20, 2011, 09:43 PM. Reason: Well, it helps when the subject and verb agree!
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by JSwan View Post
                                        I saved a chicken from a fox but she was pretty torn up. Fox had snatched her bald, and left some lacerations. There is no way to bandage a chickens ass. So I cleaned the wounds with betadine and sprayed her with alu film.

                                        The alufilm kept flies off the wounds, and though she walked around with a silver ass until her feathers started to grow back, the other hens left her alone.

                                        I'd try the alufilm. It worked for her.

                                        Hope she makes it. Good luck