The Chicken Infirmary – Down on the (Sub)Urban Farm

Warning: there is a (single) graphic picture of a chicken with a laceration in this slideshow. There’s no blood, though. Just skin and muscle. 

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This is another reason I’ve been feeling a bit out of sorts lately – everything with Tabby came to a grinding halt, and then a week later Lucy was inside as we had to help her heal up.

I’m a bit tired of tending to sick/injured animals. I’d really love to have a peaceful spring.

What I have learned, though, is that chickens are resilient creatures. As long as you can keep their wounds clean and prevent infection, they can bounce back from just about anything – including dog and hawk attacks, where lacerations and deep wounds even expose bone and internal organs.

The key is keeping the wound clean and preventing infection. Once infection sets in, it’s a whole different ball game. Also, maggots. We’ve had a pretty cold winter for our part of the country so far, so we don’t have a fly problem right now, but in warmer weather? Maggots can definitely be a problem. And really, you don’t want your chickens to go through the pain of literally being eaten alive.

As I did my research, trying to figure out HOW to help my chicken, I found this stuff called Vetricyn. As much as I want to be a person who rarely ever has to rely on manufactured medicines, I was not at the point to mix up a concoction in my own kitchen when I needed something for Lucy.

Vetricyn is about as good as it gets otherwise.

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It’s safe for all animals species. It’s safe if the animals ingest it. Which, well, I was rather clueless as to how to prevent a chicken from preening.

However, it’s a bit expensive. I will say, though, that it’s worth the price anyway – and a little bit goes a long way. Lucy’s side healed up in two weeks flat, though… she ended up with another laceration after we put her back outside.

But that’s another post.

14 thoughts on “The Chicken Infirmary – Down on the (Sub)Urban Farm

  1. How many chickens do you have, Rebekah? It’s time for me to send a few roosters to chicken heaven. Not my favorite part of homesteading, but to all things there is a season.

    Lucy is a lucky chicken. 🙂 Glad she recovered.

    1. We’ve got six total – five hens, and one rooster. They’re all still laying pretty well (except the rooster, of course), so they’ll be sticking around for a while yet. And the rooster’s here because we have enough problems with stray cats that the hens need the extra protection.

  2. How horrible! I did doggie intensive care for 3 weeks when my weenie dog had a gigantic neck rip. You are a kind loving person to take care of Lucy….and she is a lucky chicken.

  3. i commend you on your gallant chicken care. i had a bad experience with chicken last summer. they are not my favorite barn yard animals any longer. still, i hate to see any animal suffer. glad lucy is recovering.

    1. Chickens are definitely temperamental, and you can’t just go into anything with them without doing some research beforehand. We’d done enough to not be intimidated, but not enough to be fully prepared for every little thing that could go wrong.

      It’s definitely STILL a learning experience.

    1. I’ve seen a lot of people online say they do as well, but I’m personally a little leery of putting it on me when I don’t know what the exact ingredients are, lol. Partly because I tend to have random reactions to different medicines >_<.

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