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?
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.
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 :)
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.
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!