Monday, 4 March 2013

Dog Attack

Yesterday morning (Sunday) my husband was taking Duncan to see a GP because he had trouble walking after a viral  infection last week. But as they were heading out the driveway Dean heard a commotion and saw our rooster and some chickens running across the front lawn.

Then he saw two dogs. Then he saw our Isa Brown Breanna lying in a mass of feathers in the grass. He chased the dogs off through the fence opening (just our gate is not yet attached). And went back thinking that Bree was torn to pieces. Amazingly she was still breathing but bloodied.

He ran back to tell me and I grabbed a towel. He scooped her up and gave her to Duncan to hold in the back of the car. Duncan was crying but I told him to keep calm, keep her quiet and support her head which she could not do. Tristan was sent along because Duncan cannot walk.

They headed off to find a weekend vet and I cancelled his GP appointment. Then Frances and I went looking for the rest of the chickens. We could not find our Light Sussex Washington. we did a few rounds of the property calling her name. I went back to where the feathers were laying on the ground and followed the fence line until I came to another clump of feathers. I feared the worst.

But miraculously Washington had scrambled into some low lying bushes. I grabbed another towel and a box and Frances and I headed off to meet the others at the vet.

WARNING - photo of wounds below

The vet was calm, film and very confident. He cleaned off their wounds and gave them a 50/50 chance of survival. Breanna is the worst off. She had a gash on her neck and down her side that look nasty. She was taken home by the vet and actually survived the night. She will be   in until Wednesday to recover. Hopefully she will not need surgery.

Washington had a couple of teeth marks around her bottom and has lost all but one tail feather. She was given an antibiotic injection and sent home with us. We decided to line our bathtub with newspaper and sugar cane mulch and she survived the night also. We fed her with a syringe but by the morning she was standing up to drink from a bowl and eat some scrambled eggs and spaghetti as well as grains. She even went to the pen for a few hours to see her friends and laid an egg in the curtained nesting box (first one in about a month that we have found). She went to the vet for another injection this afternoon and was taken out the back to see Breanna. 

Breanna perked right up upon seeing her and they started cooing to each other. It was rather sweet. So we decided to leave them together to help Bree in her recovery (I guess chickens are really companion birds and we can't underestimate the mental health benefits of friends). Bree might need some stitches for her neck wound and a drain as all her loose skin makes drainage of fluids difficult.

We did finally get Duncan to the weekend GP and he is suffering from acute childhood myositis - a disorder of mid-childhood, typically affecting boys. Symptoms include calf pain and difficulty walking after a viral illness. He had a blood test today and will see our regular GP tomorrow.   

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  1. Sounds busy at your place! I have a rooster who decided to run amuck! I have been trying to catch for weeks and put him back with his ladies,

    1. Oh dear! I hear that some roosters can climb trees and stay up for days. He is obviously finding food and shelter at night.

  2. Oh dear - fingers crossed all hens recover and your son too.

  3. It sounds as if you have had a rough time - I'm so sorry! I hope that your son recovers very soon, and your poor chickens too.

  4. Poor hens...did you know the dogs? Sometimes you can report them to the council and they will get onto the owners about controlling their dogs. We had to do that when our geese were getting attacked. I hope Duncan is better soon too, that must have given you something to worry about.

  5. Its been a busy time lately at your place, I hope everyone recovers quickly.

  6. Oh my goodness! I'm so glad everyone is okay for the time being.

  7. I heard something had happened to your poor chicken but didnt realise that it was dogs that attacked them! Hope they recover, and that your son is feelng better too.

  8. What a terrible weekend! I hope all your loves make quick recoveries!

  9. Hope things are a bit more settled and the poor chickens are recovering well! Thinking of Duncan too and hope his virus is short lived!

  10. Oh my, what a weekend - I've read your next post too so am relieved to hear that they're doing okay, loving your hen saddles too. Hope to hear good news about you and your son soon :)

  11. I surely hope that your son is alright. I am sorry about your chickens and hope they make a full recovery. Please do what you must to keep the chickens away from the dogs or vice versa. I'm certain you know that once a dog tastes that blood they will be back for more chickens. Sadly, I know that from experience.

  12. OMG! Your poor chooks! I hope their recovery has gone well :) And just reading that last paragraph, about Duncan's diagnosis - it makes me wonder if that's what my son has had a couple of times after his really bad viral illnesses!?!? He often complains of his calves hurting and aching! Thanks!

  13. Oh my how dreadful. We had a disaster just this Thursday. Hopefully your new run will help out a lot!

    Read about it at:
    Dog 1 - Chickens 0


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