3 week old chick attacked by cat

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BurnsChicks, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. BurnsChicks

    BurnsChicks New Egg

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    We had our baby chicks outside (it was a beautiful, warm day) starting to introduce them to the backyard. They were in a large dog kennel wrapped in chicken wire. There was a small section of the kennel that didn't get wrapped, and in a 5 minute period when I turned my back, an alley cat got one of my chicks. Her wing is broken and the bone is protruding. She has a couple of other spots where her skin was ripped off, but only the wing really seems serious. I cleaned her wounds with water, applied neosporin, and wrapped her wing. I also gave her some baby aspirin in her water. She's separated from the other chicks and is being kept warm with a red light heat lamp. Is there anything else I can do? Anything I should watch for? I'm absolutely heartbroken that this happened!!
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. You seemed to have handled everything well so far. An exposed bone is pretty risky for an infection. You may want to consult a vet about the broken wing. Betadine or Vetericyn would be good to apply, but the neosporin is good. Chicks are also pretty easily injured internally. I would make sure that it is drinking well, and vitamins with electrolytes for a few days added to the water are good. If it is not eating well, you can offer some egg yolk, and mix in 1/2 tsp of plain yogurt, or some watery chick crumbles. I hope you can save her.
     
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