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Teenage Easter egger with neck injury

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A friend had a terrible massacre in her flock today and we brought what was left of her flock home late tonight. Amoung the living is an Easter egger with what looks to be a terrible neck wound. There is a flap of skin hanging on the side of her neck and what appears to be exposed muscle tissue basically the top half of her neck from head to shoulders. She is moving around fine and not bleeding profusely. I have her in a small separate prefab coop run setup with her sister whom she was found with. My question is, is she save able and if so what should I do to help her heal? I don't want her to suffer but if there is a chance she could make it I would like to try. I know that pictures would be ideal but by the time we got them home and settled it was dark and she's already rather traumatized. I will post some tomorrow after work.
post #2 of 9
I would flush out the wound with weak betadine or saline, and apply some plain antibiotic ointment twice a day. Vetericyn wound spray is also very good instead. As long as she is active, alert, and eating well, she may recover well. The wound should fill in and feathers grow back in a dew weeks, as long as flies are kept away, infection is not a problem. Keep her away from flies, since maggots can kill her.
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Thank you. I'm going to wash her wound tonight and apply some wound spray. Also I think I probably better bring her into the house for a while. I've read where a few people have stitched wounds like this up but I'm not sure if I should try that or not. It was total unexpected that we got her as her and her sister ran away and hid. They had come back to the pen when we arrived to pick them up so I wasn't really prepared for a injured chick.
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Some people will stitch up a large laceration, especially if a vet does it under clean conditions, but I usually dog recommend it with dog bites. Since the wound is considered dirty, there is less chance of infection or abscess if they heal from inside out. If a vet is possible you can see about getting it stitched. Chickens heal pretty well, unless there is some internal damage done during the attack. Pictures here are always welcome, and let us know about her progress. Make sure that she is drinking normally, or help her with a dropper or tube feeding. Offer her usual chicken feed, plus some chopped egg, plain yogurt for probiotics, or some canned tuna after she has started drinking.

post #5 of 9
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Just talked to my husband and he said she is doing good. She was up and eating before the other chicks this morn and was moving about, eating and drinking thru the day. I leave for work before 6am and don't get home till after 6pm so he's been keeping a check on her today for me. Can't wait to get home and get her cleaned up. I'll post pictures then. Sounds like she may make a full recovery if we can keep the infection away.
post #6 of 9
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So I found another wound under her wing and it was full of maggots. Hibcliens, peroxide, washed it, then Blu kote. I think I have all the maggots out. I don't know how this girl was doing as well as she was but I guess we will see if she can heal. We thought about culling her but she has so much spunk, I want to try to give her a chance. Any advice would be so welcome right now. I have no idea what I'm doing.
Edited by getagrip - 5/24/16 at 6:39pm
post #7 of 9
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I hope I haven't put her into shock after all this.
Edited by getagrip - 5/24/16 at 6:39pm
post #8 of 9
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This is the neck




This is the wing.

post #9 of 9
I' m so glad that you discovered her other wound and the maggot infection before it was too late. Washing the wounds in weak betadine or Epsom salts or soap and water will help. repeat the bath daily until all maggots are gone. Permethrin, Plain Neosporin, SWAT, or bacitracin can be applied to the wounds. Give her some extra protein, probiotics or plain yogurt in her diet, and make sure that she is eating and drinking.
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