4 wk old RIR bitten by dog

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 22Renee22, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. 22Renee22

    22Renee22 Hatching

    May 7, 2012
    Southeast Texas
    Please help me. My 4 Week Old RIR was bitten by a dog this evening. It is above his left wing. Wound a little smaller than a dime. Skin is missing and muscle is visible. Could possibly be a puncture wound.However I do not see damage/trauma to the muscle tissue. The chick appears to be in no acute distress. It is calm and resting. Breathing is normal. I have separated him from the others to avoid pecking. He is on a bed of pine shavings with food and water. I have never seen this dog before not do I know who owns it.

    What should I do?
    What medicine do I need?
    Is topical medication enough?

    I am sorry I can not upload pictures at this time.
    I fear that what I need will not be available to me since today is Sunday. Anyone with any advice would greatly be appreciated.
  2. HP and neosporin. Keep it warm and comfortable.
  3. 22Renee22

    22Renee22 Hatching

    May 7, 2012
    Southeast Texas
    I am sorry....what is HP? Thank you for your input.
  4. Destinysma

    Destinysma In the Brooder

    Jun 3, 2012
    Swisshome, Oregon
    I'm not positive and I am no chicken expert, but I would guess hp is Hydrogen peroxide.

    good luck!
  5. yeah, hydrogen peroxide. sorry bout that.
  6. missypebble

    missypebble Songster

    Mar 11, 2011
    how is your RIR doing? There's a lot of good info about attending wound, and correct me please, if I am wrong, but I think hydrogen peroxide isn't recommended to clean chicken's wound. I use antiseptic to clean the wound gently, let it dry for a little, then apply Neosporin, the one without the pain killer though.

    I think you'll need to get your RIR into some forms of antibiotic, for example, Duramycin that should be available in all feed / tractor supply store. From my experience, make sure you keep your chicken hydrate, isolated in a nice, warm/ cozy environment. Offer good protein like boiled eggs or scramble eggs that can be mixed into a mash with probiotic. Try not to encourage your chicken to make too many movements for the first day at least. I think your chicken will be in good shape to a nice recovery. Again, lots of people in here offer many good advices so I don't think you should be short of info to make good decisions!

    Good luck and I'm very sorry to hear about the incident.

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