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4 week old chick injured! Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Cheysr21, Mar 7, 2016.

  1. Cheysr21

    Cheysr21 Out Of The Brooder

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    So today I noticed one of my 4 week old chicks had a pretty significant wound on her back from being pecked by the other members of the brood.
    I cleaned it with soap and water and flushed it with hydrogen peroxide. And now she is isolated from the others. Is there anything I can do other than that? Any home remedies that will help the healing process?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Do you have a picture of the wound? If it isn't too deep you can use BluKote to cover the wound, so that you can place her back with the others. If it is deep, then use Vetericyn or antibiotic ointment to treat, and let her have play time with supervision. They are beginning to form a pecking order, so this is an important time to remain a part of the flock. Good luck.
     
  3. Cheysr21

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    I wouldn't be as worried if it weren't so bloody. And it's on a large portion of her back.
     
  4. Cheysr21

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    Here's another photo of the wound

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  5. Eggcessive

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    That will probably heal with some time over the next few weeks. You always make her a little shirt to cover the wound. Are all of the chicks the same age, together since hatching? Are you using a red brooder lamp? At their age they don't need as much heat, but the red lamp is calming, helps to prevent pecking, and allows them to sleep at night. Premier 1 has some that are 150 watts online.
     
  6. Cheysr21

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    They were raised together from hatching but they were in a brooder with about 30 other birds. We just got them a few days ago. They don't even have a lamp on them since it's warm here right now and they are well feathered so it's not the light or anything.(they live outside in their coop/run already) I cleaned the wound and put her back with the others for tonight if they keep pecking her bloody tomorrow I will have to isolate her until she heals up a bit I guess :-/
     
  7. Eggcessive

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    Use some BluKote or even betadine on the wound to cover the red. Make sure they have enough room since they can get overcrowded with that many birds.
     
  8. Cheysr21

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    Thanks. We only have 5 that we brought home. But it's going to be raining the next few days so they won't get to run around free in their run :-/ I'll try bluekote today
     

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