Barred Rock Cockerel, Zane...Updates

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by speckledhen, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    For those of you who were following my Barred Rock cockerel, Zane's progress, thought I'd let you know what's happening. We were about to go put him in his sling today when I noticed that he had a huge fluid bubble on the left hock joint. We drained it as best we could (all sorts of nasty blood and infection came out), put a cream on it that a friend who works with hawk rehab brought me, and wrapped it in vetwrap. As soon as it warms up, we're going to inject him with Pen-G for a few days to combat infection. He has previously been on Doxycycline orally at the beginning of this, but I feel he certainly needs another round after all that junk we drained from the joint. This may have been what was keeping him from making more progress, although he has done very well lately, even walking a few steps at a time. That leg we drained the fluid from is the one that has been weaker and keeping him from standing up all the way. Cross your fingers that this will knock out the infection and be a big turning point.
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Oh Cyn....poor poor Zane. And poor you and DH!! I sure hope this helps him. WHat a little fighter you have there.....
  3. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    Awww poor Zane!!! I sure hope he gets better soon!! Maybe this will be it for him and he will progress foward!
  4. megshenhut

    megshenhut Songster

    Jun 21, 2007
    Central Colorado
    Poor Zane, hopefully all that crud localized right there in his hock joint like an abscess and you were able to get it drained out of there. Hopefully the round of antibiotics will get him fixed up and going for good now. It's amazing how bodies work to get the infection out.
  5. beefy

    beefy Flamingo Daddy-o

    Apr 21, 2007
    South Georgia
    i'm not sure if this a good idea for chickens or not but for calves with infected navels i soak them in epsom salt, it draws out the infection. (meds too of course)
  6. HenHaven

    HenHaven Songster

    Mar 3, 2007
    Coarsegold, CA
    Wow, Cyn! Draining the gunk and getting him started on meds should nip it pretty quick. Especially since he is feeling better overall, and looking so much stronger.

    [​IMG] that this will make the difference!
  7. hcammack

    hcammack Crowing

    Oct 5, 2007
    well I hope he is up intime to compete with little dutch who apears to be turning into quite a little stud [​IMG] sounds like progress I am so glad!

  8. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator

    Sep 25, 2007
    Hey, that's GREAT that you found something that's the most likely candidate for his issue of not being able to walk well!! I'm thrilled to hear this, and hope that he recovers completely - and quickly!
  9. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    That stuff just needed to find its way out of his body, it looks terrible, but means the body is fighting the infection and winning. This should be the turning point on his way to recovery. [​IMG]
  10. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Hopefully a round of antibiotics will cut the infections. I agree with rooster-red on it.

    Go Zane!!!!!

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