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Poultry and Livestock: Need advice on helping a hen heal!

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 1, 2012
6:03 AM

Post #8990465

I found one of my hens tangled up in a cotton string yesterday. She must have gotten into it a while ago 'cause one leg was all swollen around a loop that was deeply embedded in her flesh. I got all the string off, even that last bit embedded so deeply she bled when we pulled it out. She won't put weight on that leg but the foot is still warm.

Should I try to clean out the wound? with water? alcohol?

Should I try to put something like neosporin on it?

And do you think I could wrap it with gauze & tape?

I'd appreciate any advice.

Thanks
Tam
porkpal
Richmond, TX

February 1, 2012
6:06 AM

Post #8990473

I would be inclined to clean it with running water and then put an antibiotic salve on any open wounds. Repeat if needed. I bet she'll heal just fine.

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 1, 2012
8:40 AM

Post #8990658

Thanks! I just rinsed her leg under running water for a while, patted it dry and put neospirin right into the wound. No bandage. She's hanging out in the barn while the rest of the crew is out hunting bugs around the place. I hope she gets better.

Tam
catmad
Pelzer, SC
(Zone 7b)

February 1, 2012
8:45 AM

Post #8990665

Chickens are amazingly tough. Chances are she'll do fine. I'd keep track of how warm the foot and leg are, I'd be concerned about infection just because it was there for so long. Keep it clean if you can, and next time, flush with dilute betadine/povidine iodineor use Blucote if you have it. The neosporin may be sufficient.
Good luck :)
porkpal
Richmond, TX

February 1, 2012
9:15 AM

Post #8990716

Blucote is especially good if the others peck at the injury.

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 1, 2012
12:18 PM

Post #8990889

I will see if I can find blucote. Would that be at an Agway do you suppose?

She's out and about now. She's putting a little weight on the bad leg too. I have seen no evidence that anyone is bothering her. They have a very generous amount of space in the barn overnight and roam free all day.

Tam
Doug9345
Durhamville, NY
(Zone 5b)

February 1, 2012
5:03 PM

Post #8991242

Blu-Kote ( I had to Google the spelling) should be sold anywhere they sell any other farm supplies. When spraying it, be careful of getting it on yourself unless you want blue fingers for a week or more. It doesn't wash off!
green04735
Bridgewater, ME

February 1, 2012
5:32 PM

Post #8991286

Its great stuff to have on hand.If you have one that has any blood at all on it spray with the blu-kote and they will not peck at it.

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 1, 2012
5:48 PM

Post #8991309

Thanks for the help! This is exactly why I love Daves Garden.

Will be looking for BluKote next time I'm at Agway.

Thanks
Tam
catmad
Pelzer, SC
(Zone 7b)

February 2, 2012
4:21 AM

Post #8991718

*G* Sorry about the spelling, and thank you Doug, for correcting it. My can is totally blue, and unreadable...
porkpal
Richmond, TX

February 2, 2012
5:18 AM

Post #8991761

Mine too - along with my fingers.

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 2, 2012
6:44 PM

Post #8992709

LOL
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 3, 2012
10:34 AM

Post #8993321

I get mine at TSC and from my friend with he traveling tack trailer. The last I got was in a pump bottle.

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