How to Treat your Chicken's Wounds


| 6/19/2013 4:00:01 PM


Tags: Chickens, Predators, Injuries, Harper Slusher, Harper Slusher,

How to Treat your Chicken's Wounds 

By: Harper Slusher 

Harper SlusherHawks have always been a major predator, especially in the winter when the pickings are scarce. Summers tend to be less eventful when mice and frogs are plentiful. Though, in the winter, a week seldom went by without a hawk attack or the disappearance of a chicken. Fortunately, quite a few chickens managed to survive the attacks, but all of them where wounded to some extent. 

Chickens heal surprisingly quickly. I've treated a chicken that was attacked by a hawk and dropped. She barely managed to stay alive, with a broken leg and deep wounds across her back and legs. We didn’t even know she was injured because she was hiding in the coop for a few days before we found her. Though, after a few months, she recovered to health with only a limp. They seem to recover from even the deepest wounds. Their biggest threat is infection. 

Before beginning to treat anything, I examine the chicken, checking for wounds. I find that with hawks, the wounds are normally on the neck, back and the sides of their legs. Other predators many target different locations. 

Once I find all of the wounds, I remove any lost feathers that may be stuck to their wounds to make the area easier to clean. They tend to be a bit tricky to remove if they're stuck. Using a wet paper towel to soak the area seems to help alleviate this issue. 

dahliacrazychickenwoman
9/23/2014 2:41:36 AM

I have used a product called Vetracin to treat some very severe wounds on my girls when they tore each other up. One was all the way down to the bone on her neck. She healed in one week. Amazing how fast they heal, wished people did the same thing.


dahliacrazychickenwoman
9/23/2014 2:40:22 AM

I have used a product called Vetracin to treat some very severe wounds on my girls when they tore each other up. One was all the way down to the bone on her neck. She healed in one week. Amazing how fast they heal, wished people did the same thing.


amber
9/22/2014 11:27:53 AM

I know this is going to sound silly, can chickens develop asthma? for the last 2 days it sounds like one of my Rhode Island Reds is wheezing. Then this morning another of the Reds coughed. Can they catch colds? the weather here has been so up and down and unpredictable lately.





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