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Dr Jaime - I'm nursing a friends chicken who was attacked

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Hi Dr Jaime -
I'm nursing a friends chicken who was attacked by a predator one week ago - bad wound to the back of her neck. I've kept her quiet and calm and warm, and focused on good food and water. She's doing better, and there's no sign of infection, but she shakes her head at times and also walks backwards. She'll walk forwards, just seems to be more comfortable walking backwards. Her eating can be problematic because control of her head is wobbly - it was a bad back of neck wound.
Could she have a neurological problem? Should I just continue as I am?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 2 years ago.
Hello, I'm Dr. Bob. I'm sorry, but Dr. Jaime is apparently not online at this time. I would be happy to work with you to answer your question, or you can wait for her. Please let me know if you'd like an answer now rather than waiting.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yes pls
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 2 years ago.
Okay, thank you. You're doing an apparently fine job of caring for yhour friend's chicken. Keeping her isolated from other birds, feeding warm nutritious foods like pancakes, oatmeal, cornbread and scrambled eggs will entice her to take the nutrients she needs to help repair the injuries she sustained. Keep any open wounds clean and free of maggots. If she should show any signs of infection, oral and topical antibiotics may be needed. You can purchase these from farm or feed supply stores. She definitely appears to have sustained neurological injuries, but further healing, along with her adjusting to any residual damage, should hopefully allow her to live a reasonably happy life. Neurological injuries tend to heal very slowly, taking six to ten weeks to complete. Hopefully she'll make a complete recovery, but judging from your description of her behavior now, she's pretty seriously affected and may well retain some permanent handicaps. I applaud your efforts on behalf of your friend and their poor chicken. It is caring folks like you who have made my profession a true joy. If you should have any further questions, please let me know. Kind regards, Dr.Bob