Emergency--chicken hung like fish
A squawking alarm sounded in my barn 20 minutes ago. The chicken pen is L shaped. The rooster and a couple of hens were in one side of the L, not where they usually roost. But they seemed to be fine. Then I looked on the roosting side and discovered a hen hanging from a heavy-gauge wire. I thought she was dead with the wire around her neck.
I got a snow shovel that was right outside the pen and lifted her up to relieve the stress on her neck and realized the wire had a hook at the end and she'd managed to kind of swallow it with the end coming out of her wattle. So I quickly twisted it out of her mouth. She stood right up and hopped down.
Now I'm worried about her, though. There's only a small drop of blood on the outside of her neck. I'm afraid she'll bleed internally. She's also panting and holding her wings away from her body, but maybe that's shock?
Any advice about how I can help her survive this trauma would be appreciated.