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Wounded chicken. Will it heal itself?
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kolvek    Posted 06-11-2002 at 08:07:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a chicken that ripped her skin like 3 inches long but also is a 90 degree cut so the skin has flopped over and exposed her white meat.

Will the skin heel itself? Will it actually grow new skin where the skin doesn't exist now?

It has been like 4 days and the skin appears to be attaching to the actual white meat.
and No, I don't want chicken soup, It has a very very mellow personality that I want to incubate its eggs in the future.

Scott    Posted 10-31-2003 at 21:42:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Reporting back to everyone on my chicken. She recovered just fine. (She kept hidden in the cubby egg laying area to stay away from the other chickens. With everyone's feedback I put bacintracin loaded into the cut and coming out. She had an over 2" angle cut in her back with the skin flapped over. (skin dried up and later fell off).
She went on to have 5 baby chics. Eventually her feathers came back in.

Tom A    Posted 06-11-2002 at 15:59:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You have to be careful, especially this time of year, with infection. Watch for maggots, too, as flies will lay eggs in the wound.

We had something similar happen a few weeks ago. Vet had us clean out the wound, and we injected penicillin 2 times a day for 3 days...don't remember the dose, but I "checked her" by reading the dosage rate on the bottle. It was a very small dose using a very fine needle in the breast. Can't eat the eggs for a week after the last injection and we don't eat the chickens, but I think it made her 'no good' for that, too so chicken soup would be out forever.

Anyway, she has recovered just fine. Good luck with yours.

bob ny    Posted 06-11-2002 at 11:54:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
try coating with blue cote stops infection and keeps the flies off

LH    Posted 06-11-2002 at 09:23:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
She'll heal but it might be a good thing to pen her up from the other chickens since they tend to be cannibals and may peck at the wounded area.

cecilia Lester    Posted 09-16-2007 at 13:22:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
we have an Anatolin (sp) dog - about 6 months old and it has already killed one chicken that got in the backyard - today she got another chicken by the neck and tore from the back if the head down and we can see muscle, bone and some big artery (sack type thing on the right side) I have put cleaning spray and treatment spray that "sticks" to the wound to help keep the wound clean - but I am wondering if my sweet "Red" will last the night. I am guessing a wound that big on a chicken will heal on its own?

Jerry S    Posted 06-11-2002 at 09:23:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
When a rooster is cut to be a capon, there is no sutures used to put them back together. They heal fine.

Dennis EIEIO    Posted 06-11-2002 at 08:29:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have a chicken that was torn up by our rooster on both sides and the skin was removed by the rooster's spurs. We thought she was a gonner but now she is doing just fine,(We have the rooster caged up in his own pen) and the skin is getting back to pink, from black,. She has finally started laying eggs again, so I suppose Mother nature does know best.
Good luck.

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