S1. Understanding wing anatomy!!!
It is very important to understand the wing anatomy before attempting to amputate at home! Assess where the break is. If the bones are protruding it will never heal and the bird will eventually die from infection.
My chicks wing was broke at the elbow. The radius and ulna were poking through the skin.
I knew the cutting needed to take place between the humerus and the radius & ulna. Your situation maybe very different, so use good judgement to determine where to cut. I didn't have to cut through bone and therefore I cannot advise on how to do so.
S2. Gather all materials, even if you do not anticipate to use them.
Materials I used or would reccomend:
1. Hot knife 30+ Wats
I went to Sears and bought one for $18, plus tax. I bought mine at 25 wats because it was the only one with the knife attachment and they didn't sell the attachment separately. The blade cooled very quickly and I wouldn't reccomend something so low power for an adult bird. It worked great for our chick though. This tool allowed us to cut and cauterize at the same time. I wouldn't do this procedure without this tool period! It's a soldering iron with an exacto knife attachment.
2. Cornstarch or flour to control the bleeding.
3. Iodine for cleaning
4. Needle and thread ( I didn't use it, but I had it ready.)
5. Bactracin or neosporin (best to get the kind with pain reducing)
6. Bandaging and gauze.
7. Insulin needles
8. 20% benzocaine ( I used some for oral care ) seemed reasonable that if it can be ingested it couldn't be deadly injected.
10. Dog pee pads (optional)
11. An assistant
Please note, your bird my die from blood loss or infection. Success depends on your ability to control those two factors!! The hot blade was wonderful for blood control, afterwards I covered the wound in cornstarch, wrapped it in gauze and applied strong pressure for 30 min. I also administer oral antibiotics.
S3. Administer benzocaine. Inject a healthy amount around the healthy tissue just under the place you wish to cut. Take a soaked q-tip and apply to the skin. Wait ten min.
S4. Cut and cauterize.
S5. Use flour or clotting material on open wound, wrap in gauze and apply stead pressure till bleeding has completely stopped.
S6. Recover chicken in a warm environment, brooder if possible and give her food and water.
S7. Don't forget antibiotics and redress the would with neosporin or bactracin.
Edited by madileana - 5/13/16 at 4:18pm