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Any advice for treating a chick's injured wing

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I have a 2 month old chick with an injured wing, I tried wrapping it but she fought the wrap & I worried she would cause greater injury. It doesn't feel broken but the swelling makes it difficult to tell for certain there's no blood just swelling. Her wing isn't dragging but it's drooping, she still seems to have the ability to fly & move it although not a lot. I'm hesitant to separate her from the flock right after she just established her place. Does anyone have any recommendations for me? Is there anything I could give her or apply to the swollen tissue to reduce the inflammation?
Thank you for any advice, I'm new to the whole backyard chicken life.
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I have a 2 month old chick with an injured wing, I tried wrapping it but she fought the wrap & I worried she would cause greater injury. It doesn't feel broken but the swelling makes it difficult to tell for certain there's no blood just swelling. Her wing isn't dragging but it's drooping, she still seems to have the ability to fly & move it although not a lot. I'm hesitant to separate her from the flock right after she just established her place. Does anyone have any recommendations for me? Is there anything I could give her or apply to the swollen tissue to reduce the inflammation?
Thank you for any advice, I'm new to the whole backyard chicken life.

If the wing has not been hurt for long, consider just biding your time.  Since she can fly the wing is not broken and it does not look that bad in the above picture.  Give it some time; birds heal quickly. Do you know when and how the wing was injured?


Edited by nchls school - 9/22/15 at 10:23am
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Thank you. She was ruffed up a little by my Boxer pup yesterday, but I checked her right away & I did not see any injuries. But this morning I noticed her wing was hanging a little low, so I checked her again & I noticed she had some swelling under her wing near her body. That's when I attempted to wrap it. The swollen area is getting more inflamed & has affected a bigger area since this morning, it started out about the size of a quarter & it's now about the size of a quarter & dime. She's still foraging but she's staying close to 1 area & kind of taking it easy today. I'm not sure if my dog caused the injury or if she injured it trying to get up in the roost through a small passage way. She flew out of the coop this morning & she must've been able to fly up to her roost last night. The roost isn't that high but it does require some flight. She's really a sweet girl & I'd hate to see her in pain or permanently disabled. I was given the same advice by a local friend who has 15+yrs experience keeping chickens. Hopefully she's young enough that she'll completely recover quickly.
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Tonight she wouldn't fly up to roost, she just kept calling for me to put her up as I did for the 1st few days during her transition. How long should I just observe before trying the wrap & isolation again? It seems as though it became more inflamed today & she moved it less frequently. Would it be safe to give her some baby aspirin or aspercreme topically to help reduce the inflammation & what is the recommended method of administering the oral aspirin?
Edited by Mycoolbreeze - 9/22/15 at 5:47pm
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Tonight she wouldn't fly up to roost, she just kept calling for me to put her up as I did for the 1st few days during her transition. How long should I just observe before trying the wrap & isolation again? It seems as though it became more inflamed today & she moved it less frequently. Would it be safe to give her some baby aspirin or aspercreme topically to help reduce the inflammation & what is the recommended method of administering the oral aspirin?

I would isolate her since the problem is getting worse.  It might be best if she were caged so that she does not try to use the wing overmuch.  Check for breaks in the skin.  Bites can be very harmful to birds.  

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Thank you nchls. I don't believe she bit her & I didn't see any blood, she just pinned her against the fence. If there are any puncture wounds how should I treat them? Should I wrap her wing & cage her & would it be ok to let her roost with her flock? Their roosting area is enclosed enough that she wouldn't be able to fly & she gets very distressed if she can't join the flock. I'm worried that I didn't leave it wrapped yesterday morning because she was displaying significant discomfort when I tried checking it. It was still quite swollen so I gave her a 1/4 baby aspirin with some sardines & salmon oil for the inflammation. She was more active today following the flock. Will she still be able to use her wing after it heals if it's not wrapped in place? I will cage her in the run & keep her flock inside the run. How long should I keep her caged? I sincerely appreciate your advice.
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Thank you nchls. I don't believe she bit her & I didn't see any blood, she just pinned her against the fence. If there are any puncture wounds how should I treat them? Dog bites lead to infections best treated by a vet. Should I wrap her wing & cage her & would it be ok to let her roost with her flock? Their roosting area is enclosed enough that she wouldn't be able to fly & she gets very distressed if she can't join the flock. I'm worried that I didn't leave it wrapped yesterday morning because she was displaying significant discomfort when I tried checking it. It was still quite swollen Swelling could be infection.so I gave her a 1/4 baby aspirin with some sardines & salmon oil for the inflammation. She was more active today following the flock. Will she still be able to use her wing after it heals Yes. Providing the swelling does not get worse. if it's not wrapped in place? I will cage her in the run & keep her flock inside the run. How long should I keep her caged? I sincerely appreciate your advice.
Type in, "treating dog bite" into the search box at the top of the page. I'm sure there will be a lot of posts explaining what to do should a vet not be possible.
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I didn't find much about treating bites except cleaning them up immediately afterwards. I'm fairly certain there weren't any skin breaks, I didn't see any blood, she went right back to her normal activities & she hasn't stopped eating. I'm just curious if I should try wrapping her wing again or if it's too late for that. I just hope she doesn't lose use of that wing if it heals in it's current position. She did lift it slightly this morning while stretching but this evening it wasn't moving much when she stretched. Hopefully a couple days of rest & limited activity will help. If you or anyone else have any more recommendations, I'd greatly appreciate them.
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I didn't find much about treating bites except cleaning them up immediately afterwards. I'm fairly certain there weren't any skin breaks, Great.I didn't see any blood, she went right back to her normal activities & she hasn't stopped eating. I'm just curious if I should try wrapping her wing again If she can us the wing I would not wrap it. or if it's too late for that. I just hope she doesn't lose use of that wing if it heals in it's current position If the wing is not broken it will heal in its normal position. She did lift it slightly this morning while stretching but this evening it wasn't moving much when she stretched. Hopefully a couple days of rest & limited activity will help. If you or anyone else have any more recommendations, I'd greatly appreciate them.
Limit wing movement as much as you can. Birds heal quickly. You should see steady improvement day by day.
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