How to Look After an Injured Chicken
Chickens for sale make great pets whether raised for companionship or for food – but they are also easy targets for opportunistic predators such as foxes or even the family dog, so it is likely that at one point they may be attacked if not kept in a safe place. Read on to find out what to do if a chicken is attacked but survives.
Take the injured chicken away from the other chickens in the pen and keep it in a separate area. Make sure it has a very comfortable place to nest in so as to begin recovery.
Examine the injured chicken to see if it is bleeding and to determine the extent of the injuries. It may have broken and lost feathers or broken wings and legs.
Stop the bleeding by applying pressure with a rag or similar fabric. Remove any broken feathers as delicately as possible.
Clean any wounds with hydrogen peroxide to prevent infections. See a veterinarian if you suspect the chicken has a broken leg or wing.
Your chicken may be too shaken and traumatised to eat, so make sure you offer it its very favourite food. Also supply it with plenty of fresh water to keep it hydrated and on the path to recovery. Keep the chicken isolated from other chickens until it seems to have recovered and seems back to its old self.