3 day old chick pecked and twisted leg

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Mimir, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. Mimir

    Mimir Out Of The Brooder

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    I posted this in the raising chicks forum, I did not realise there was an Emergencies forum, hopefully someone can advise me on the below:

    Two of my hens with chicks were flighting earlier, one of the hens pecked a chick and had it in its mouth, I ran out and stranged the hen to release the chick. I picked up the chick and it started bleeding all over my hands, I took it inside and put it in a box with a heat lamp and saw dust. I sprinked saw dust over the wound which is quite large. I don't know if this is the right thing to do but it's stopped most the bleeding it seems. It's sitting down panting now.

    What do I do?! Should I seperate the other chicks and hens? They all seem to be getting on fine as normal as they have done the last 3 days.

    Any advice?

    EDIT: I looked two of the 3 hens up in their own coops so no more chicks are harmed.

    UPDATE: I managed to get it to drink some water but one of its legs has been twisted backwards. It can only scrambled about on its backwards leg. How do I fix the leg?
     
  2. meriruka

    meriruka Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    If the leg was fine before and is now backwards, it may either be dislocated or broken. The chick is probably in shock, keeping it warm and adding some sugar to the water may help. As for the leg, you could try to pop it back in if dislocated or make a cast if broken, but I have to say it's very hard to fix & the chick will be in considerable pain throughout. I wish I had more encouraging advice.......
     
  3. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    electrolytes in the water will be necessary... now that the bleeding has stopped you will need to flush the blood drenched dust off that wound... a q-tip soaked in peroxide should do the trick.
    Please post photos of the injury.
     

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