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post #11 of 16
You could tie some gauze on from the woun to her chin. Please don't put her down! She is going to be fine if you have the patience to care for her. It's not as bad as it seems.
post #12 of 16
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/healing-a-severely-injured-baby-chick
I found it!!!!!!! Follow her instructions and PM her for guidance. The admin @sumi had the same problem and her chick lived. YOU CAN HELP HER!! DO NOT PUT THAT SWEET DARLING DOWN PLEASE!!!!!!!😩😫 and ITS NOT YOUR FAULT! Your doing what you can an you couldn't of stopped her from doing that! Have faith in yourself! Do what you can to help her!
Best of luck and many prayers!
Edited by huntingirl - 3/30/16 at 2:06pm
post #13 of 16

Hey, huntingirl told me about this, so came over to have a look. The article she linked for you above has some really good info in and pics, please do have a look there. I'm sure you feel bad that this happened, but I had a look at the pic you posted and I think that chick will be o.k. with some treatments and can make a full recovery. If you're up to it! :) First you need calm down and get to work on her. When the same thing happened to a pullet I had years ago (she got scalped BAD by a mongoose), we dabbed some antibiotic cream on the area and left it open. So I would say start with antibiotic cream or ointment (one with NO painkiller added) and then try and keep those little claws off it. I think in this case I may consider trimming those claws a little, if she reinsures herself.

 

As for separating her, unless the other chick pecks at her wound, you can keep her in the brooder and just keep an eye on the wound. We kept my pullet separate from the flock for about 2 days only, before she wanted out, so we let her free range with them. She was fine! She made a full recovery though she had a bit of a bald spot on the back of her head. Here's a pic of her some months after the incident

 

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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post #14 of 16
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http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/healing-a-severely-injured-baby-chick
I found it!!!!!!! Follow her instructions and PM her for guidance. The admin @sumi had the same problem and her chick lived. YOU CAN HELP HER!! DO NOT PUT THAT SWEET DARLING DOWN PLEASE!!!!!!!😩😫 and ITS NOT YOUR FAULT! Your doing what you can an you couldn't of stopped her from doing that! Have faith in yourself! Do what you can to help her!
Best of luck and many prayers!

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Hey, huntingirl told me about this, so came over to have a look. The article she linked for you above has some really good info in and pics, please do have a look there. I'm sure you feel bad that this happened, but I had a look at the pic you posted and I think that chick will be o.k. with some treatments and can make a full recovery. If you're up to it! smile.png  First you need calm down and get to work on her. When the same thing happened to a pullet I had years ago (she got scalped BAD by a mongoose), we dabbed some antibiotic cream on the area and left it open. So I would say start with antibiotic cream or ointment (one with NO painkiller added) and then try and keep those little claws off it. I think in this case I may consider trimming those claws a little, if she reinsures herself.

As for separating her, unless the other chick pecks at her wound, you can keep her in the brooder and just keep an eye on the wound. We kept my pullet separate from the flock for about 2 days only, before she wanted out, so we let her free range with them. She was fine! She made a full recovery though she had a bit of a bald spot on the back of her head. Here's a pic of her some months after the incident



Thank you so much guys, I definitly am not putting her down, I was very well thinking about it before my husband went to work, but I think we can get through this. I have the patients and thanks to yalls advice and expirience I think I can fix this! Yall helped so much thank you! I hope we can get her nursed up soon. I had one question though, all that dries up blood just will not come off..should I just let it come off with time and healing? Or is it doing harm to her?
post #15 of 16

Scratching her head with her feet is a symptom of pain. She's instinctively trying to rid her head of what's causing her discomfort. This is extremely temporary. Don't worry about it. She won't hurt the wound at this stage. After 24 to 48 hours, she won't be having any further pain. Right now, though, you can give her a half a baby aspirin, or a quarter baby aspirin twice a day. That should relieve her pain and she should be more comfortable and not want to scratch it. As much, anyway.

 

Don't try to get all the dried blood off. Just keep cleaning the wound twice a day, very gently, with soap and warm water, the objective being to flush out any newly accumulated bacteria before it has a chance to take hold, then coat it with the antiseptic ointment. Another terrific product I didn't have when I treated my injured chick is Veterycin. It's a spray or gel that encourages tissue replacement. Spray some on after you clean the wound and then smear on the ointment.

 

You can find Veterycin in the feed store or Walmart where the pet first aid products are.

 

Keep her with her brooder mate. It helps overall to keep her as calm as possible. Stress inhibits healing.

 

I just thought of something else. If her brooder mate is picking at the wounded chick's head, use Blue Lotion on it to help disguise the red tissue. I usually spray on Veterycin, then Blue Lotion, let that dry, then put on the ointment. As long as the wound isn't red, the other chick may do no more than taste the ointment, then she'll quickly lose interest.


Edited by azygous - 3/30/16 at 5:15pm
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Scratching her head with her feet is a symptom of pain. She's instinctively trying to rid her head of what's causing her discomfort. This is extremely temporary. Don't worry about it. She won't hurt the wound at this stage. After 24 to 48 hours, she won't be having any further pain. Right now, though, you can give her a half a baby aspirin, or a quarter baby aspirin twice a day. That should relieve her pain and she should be more comfortable and not want to scratch it. As much, anyway.

Don't try to get all the dried blood off. Just keep cleaning the wound twice a day, very gently, with soap and warm water, the objective being to flush out any newly accumulated bacteria before it has a chance to take hold, then coat it with the antiseptic ointment. Another terrific product I didn't have when I treated my injured chick is Veterycin. It's a spray or gel that encourages tissue replacement. Spray some on after you clean the wound and then smear on the ointment.

You can find Veterycin in the feed store or Walmart where the pet first aid products are.

Keep her with her brooder mate. It helps overall to keep her as calm as possible. Stress inhibits healing.

I just thought of something else. If her brooder mate is picking at the wounded chick's head, use Blue Lotion on it to help disguise the red tissue. I usually spray on Veterycin, then Blue Lotion, let that dry, then put on the ointment. As long as the wound isn't red, the other chick may do no more than taste the ointment, then she'll quickly lose interest.

Hi azygous, sorry to keep your time, but im starting to notice a little something with the wound on baby poppys head.. Ive been cleaning and whatnot, shes totally fine with eating and drinking and behavior also.. But i attatched pictures of how the "hole" is turning more into a lump? Its poking out of her head instead of into her head like it used to... Kind of reminding me of a tumor... But its still very much dried up blood.i attatched pictures for your looking. Thanks.
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