Originally Posted by fisherlady
Their soft skin sure does tear easily.... if you have flushed/cleaned it and blu-coated it then that is the biggest part of the battle. if it is gaping or easily seen when he moves around you could probably use a drop or two of super glue in the center to hold the edges together to prevent it from gaping and showing the red underneath. It isn't a good idea to totally close off a wound (in my opinion) but just one point of glue in the center will act like a suture to help hold the edges closer to each other so they can fill in and heal.
Triple antibiotic ointment can help also, but make sure it is the type without the pain reliever.... the pain reliever is something that can't be used on chickens.
If it helps, we had a young hen with a gaping wound on her side (from an amorous rooster) and with simple cleaning, blue coat and some triple antibiotic it healed in a surprisingly short time. (due to location on her we also placed a hen saddle on her for a couple of weeks)
last year when we had the meat birds..they were chicks at the time..DH tried to help me with them, we were useing 'Hen-Bree' to brood ..well, things went south very fast on him & before he knew it she had tore one chick trying to get her chick and pecked his hand for the other.
He felt so bad and said he was never helping with the chicks again...till next time...
anyway, the "tear' was at the neck/shoulder area, pretty darn bad too...I just cleaned it out real quick cause the whole time it was screaming and Hen-bree was going bonkers in their coop/run area...then I sprayed 'blue-kote', squirted a bunch of triple-antibiotic in there..pinched it till it stuck and put that baby back in with momma. Everything was good after that...we just made sure to get HER (mom) first..THEN the chicks..if we absolutely had to do something with them.
there wasn't any real blood loss from the entire event..just a lot of shock for birds and DH.
Lesson is learned though, that is for sure! So glad I had read bunches and listened to people who had birds..always make sure you have an animal first aide kit around at all times..never know what could happen & when!!