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Taylor Cleveland
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I just wanted to share what I learned from a incident with a fox and 2 of my chickens. Just in case anyone else could benefit from it in the future.
A fox(s) got into my fence and ate 2 my 18 week old hens. 2 more of them were obviously injured or in shock. The Easter egger had lots of feathers missing and wounds on each side, under her wings. Like it grabbed her with its mouth.
I immediately grabbed those two and put them in a dog cage in a dark barn.

Day 2 I kept them there, giving them a yogurt, water, honey mixture with a turkey baster. I also used colodial silver gel on the Easter eggers wounds

Day 3 we moved around their legs to see if anything was broken. The cinnamon queen had no visual injuries, her legs were moving properly, and she could stand, but then she tried to walk she fell over. I think she was in extreme shock. The Easter egger was probably just very injured. She had a severe limp and I thought her leg or hip was broken. Both legs were moving properly on her too so we decided to keep nursing them. We moved them out to my fenced in garden, still in the cage. I started making them a yogurt/chicken feed mixture. I fed them with a spoon twice a day and gave them water via baster twice a day.

Day 4-5 I have been taking them out of the cage while I'm home and letting them move around without me there. They have really improved! Both are walking, eating, and drinking on there own. The Easter egger still seems sore but can now walk on the leg I thought was broken. The cinnamon queen is walking long distances without falling over. She still gets kinda wobbly every now and then. I think I will keep them in my garden for at least two more days. Then I'll reintroduce them to the flock.

I have 30 hens, there not pets. Everyone told me to just butcher the two injured girls, but there 18 weeks! I have been feeding them all this time and they are just about to lay. I think a week of nursing is work 2 years of eggs.

I just wanted to share my experience in case this happens to someone els. I'm thankful I decided to take care of them and I'm amazed how quick they are recovering. I was pretty sure it was a lost cause in the beginning.
 
Liz Hoxie
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Good to know. I've heard cayenne tincture will help with shock and possible internal bleeding. Kristie Miller (master herbalist) suggests making with raw ACV for more benefits.
 
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