About 3 weeks ago I noticed one of my girls limping but didn't have time right then to look at her, the next time I saw her she was doing a lot of sitting in the yard so I went over to pick her up and she let me easily. I looked at her foot and leg and when I got to her thigh there was this huge hole in her thigh. I believe while on the perch at night someone decided she was in the way and pecked this big hole. I separated her from the group, I have her in a bird cage with fresh water and food, and it is easy to take her from the garage to the back yard where she gets to visit with her peeps. the others will come and sit with her occasionally so she is still part of the flock.( I have 11 in all). I started to treat the wound by cleaning it with peroxide/betadine, trimmed feathers ect. after a week of no progress the smell of infection not improving I started with penicillin injections for a week. She is eating and drinking well she seems to be trying to stand more but the hole is so nasty and I have decided to try one last remedy in hopes that I will not lose her (She is a cuckoo maran and a real good mother, she has mothered 2 batches of chicks) so today I filled her wound with granulated sugar. She has been very good about letting me treat her wound but tonight she didn't care for me turning her every direction trying to make sure the sugar made it to every recess of the wound. I made sure to give her a nice little treat of meal worms after to apologize and she accepted it. I don.t have the heart to put her down so I pray this will work.
If anyone has had any success with sugar please let me know, I could use some encouragement to keep going.