Bloody baby....new chick attacked by adults...help needed

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mom'sfolly, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Overrun With Chickens

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    One of my broody's new babies has been attacked by the adults. it now has several bloody spots, including a large one under the wing where skin might be missing. the chick is still active and peeping, and i've seperated momma and the other chick. How do I treat the wounded chick to keep the mom from hurting it? Should I cull? Please tell me to give it a chanc, i can't bear culling the baby. Whay can I put on the largerwound to seal it?

    Please help!!!
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2009
  2. meriruka

    meriruka Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    You'll need to keep the baby separated from the others until the wounds are healed. Make sure the chick is warm and give it some electrolytes or poultry vitamins or even a little sugar water to help avoid shock. For small wounds, plain Neosporin usually works. Larger wounds, well, it depends how big it is. Has all the bleeding stopped?
     
  3. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Overrun With Chickens

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    bleeding has stopped. I seperated it into a brooder which is now entirely purple wih wound coat, thechick is still alive, but managed to get soaking wet in the brooder, so i'm dring it off again. sorry I don't typewell with onehand.
     
  4. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you think it safe to put it back under mommy for the night? Mommy is in the garage with the other chick so she will be in full dark all night. There is only one other chick.

    After all this, the chickie better be a girlie
     
  5. meriruka

    meriruka Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    I think I'd keep her separated another day or so.
     
  6. thebritt

    thebritt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Humboldt County
    I would definately keep "her" separate during daylight with warmth. You don't want the other chick to pick at her. I honestly don't know if chickens "smell blood", so I might just separate her altogether for awhile. Be sure the wounds are clean - clean 2 times a day - and apply a THIN layer of antibiotic ointment. Good luck.
     

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