6 Week old Chick - Pecking Wound

Nate Caskey

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GI have a 6 week old chick with a wound on the top of her head. I am going to separate her from the others. What do I do?
 

jonalisa

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What do you have in the house for first aid? I would try cleaning it first with hydrogen peroxide or saline and then bacitracin ointment on it. Use a clean qtip.
Definitely keep her separated until not bloody and a bit healed. You might want to put her near the others so they are used to her.
 

Nate Caskey

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What do you have in the house for first aid? I would try cleaning it first with hydrogen peroxide or saline and then bacitracin ointment on it. Use a clean qtip.
I have done all of that and cleaned and rinsed it out. Will it heal on its own or will it need stitches?
 

andreanar

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It will heal. Don't use peroxide, it kills healthy cells and slows healing. I would just keep it clean with saline and I like to use, vetericyn spray. Watch it closely for signs of infection. You could also use BluKote, it has an antiseptic in it, so the others don't keep pecking.
 

jonalisa

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It will heal. Don't use peroxide, it kills healthy cells and slows healing. I would just keep it clean with saline and I like to use, vetericyn spray. Watch it closely for signs of infection. You could also use BluKote, it has an antiseptic in it, so the others don't keep pecking.

Actually, I find Blu-kote makes them peck more. I don't recommend it.
 

andreanar

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Id recommend keeping this chick in with the others, just blocked off with some netting so they can still see each other but not touch. It totally sucks trying to reintroduce a lone chick to a flock.
 

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