Bobcat Ripped Wing Off - Should I try to save him? How?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by RHRanch, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. RHRanch

    RHRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Okay, I have a young rooster that had its wing torn off by a bobcat last night. He is up and around and eating and drinking. I know hes in pain because he does sit in the corner when not eating and drinking. I am studying for finals and only discovered his injury this afternoon. The wing is torn off at the shoulder joint (wing entirely gone). I am not sure if its clean or if bone is exposed, its well scabbed and I am loathe to mess with it, lest he bleed out. What do you all think? Anyone have any luck with this sort of injury? Anything I can do as supportive care? Or should I just cull him? I appreciate any advise either way.
     
  2. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will get lots of advice here. I would euthanize. Good luck making the right decision for you and your Roo.
     
  3. LindsayB

    LindsayB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If he's still eating a drinking I would just see what happens. Watch and make sure it does not get infected. Chickens can do just fine without a wing, you'll just need to make sure he has a roost for him thats low enough.
     
  4. LindsayB

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    I also would isolate him now if you haven't already. The other chickens will see his wound and peck it.
     
  5. RHRanch

    RHRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    he's isolated in a clean environment
     
  6. RHRanch

    RHRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:See, I am wondering if I should give him antibiotics (I know from when I was bitten by a feral cat that cat bites will cause an infection) and then pack and wrap the wound with gauze and vetwrap and see how it goes. On the other hand, I hate him to be in pain or suffer too much.
     
  7. LindsayB

    LindsayB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could give him some antibiotics, but if the wound is already scabbed over I wouldn't do anything else to it. If its still fresh and bleeding I would clean it with betadine iodine, cover with neosporin and wrap it in gauze with the vet wrap.
     
  8. RHRanch

    RHRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Its scabbed over. I would be afraid to touch it. I worry that it is likely some exposed bone under the scab. I have Tylan soluble do you think that would work? Or should I get something else?
     
  9. LindsayB

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    I think that would be fine, it wouldn't hurt.
     
  10. KrisH

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