Broken beak! Please help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Angelita, Oct 17, 2019.

  1. Angelita

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    My hen was tugging on some metal object sticking out of the ground very hard when she got spooked and yanked herself back, tearing the whole top portion ( just the fingernail part of you will) directly from the skin. At first it was flipped up all the way like a car hood, but she let me set it back down flat. The beak tore all the way up to its "cuticle" by her nostrils. It's clearly no longer fused to the skin all around but it is still hanging off of the cuticle pretty strong. It doesn't seem to bother her but she won't let me touch it much and she is trying to eat but not picking much up. I know she is salvageable and I love her like family so I am trying to figure out the best way I can help her. I'm worried that if I leave it I could possibly let it fuse back to her skin but I'm not sure if it will even heal properly. I also thought to simply clip the hanging portion but then that would leave all the skin exposed. Does anyone know what I should do to ensure she can eat and heal properly? Also any feeding/ aftercare tips? Thank you so much!!!!!!!!
     
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  2. ashlierami

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    I would clip it so it can heal and begin to grow back. I feel like it being left is like leaving a hang nail on your fingernail the nail can't heal and grow back properly with that now useless dead part in the way. I would put a dab of Vaseline to stop the bleeding or use poultry would spray. I would use a q tip or something to dab it on it. There are wound sprays that are not harmful is ingested that is the one your gonna want to get. It's stated on the bottle and is made with natural antimicrobials. Mine is called poultry wound spray and I use it for all wounds since it won't poison them. Her beak will be tender but like a broken nail is will toughen back up and be easier for her to eat with in a week or 2. Give her mash or soft food for a few days to help ease her pain.
     
  3. Angelita

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    Also. Are there services to help with getting her medical help if needed? Are there even vets who will see chickens, and if so does anyone know any free animal services? Like local animal programs that are nationwide? I have no clue about any of it and I've been looking this up all night but most places only take cats and dogs. I don't even know what to look for to be honest
     
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    I live in Alabama and if you call exotic animal vets some will see chickens. My vet sees typical cats and dogs but also exotic animals and when I called I was informed he sees poultry. When I went for a visit he had a goat in the office and I brought my quail in. You could also look for an avian vet and call to see if they see chickens. Again some will and some won't depending on their specialty. I had a hard time finding someone to see my quail do I did a bunch of calling around. You could also call your vet if you have one and ask if they know any local vets that see farm animals they could refer you or give you a number. The way it sounds I think you can treat this yourself and not have to see a vet.
     
  5. Angelita

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    Thank you so much for your input. I just want to be certain I'm making the right move, have you experienced this before? I want to be sure I'm giving her her best chance of being able to eat and heal. I'm nervous to leave the skin bare like that in case it can be reattached. If there's a chance I can get her a vet who can put it back, then that might be a better option than leaving it to chance. I'm desperate and can't find one who will take her within my budget or even at all. I'd feel better if I knew this has been tested? Either way this definitely helps.
     
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  6. ashlierami

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    Post a pic of the damage so we can see what your dealing with.
     
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    I'm about to post a pic, one minute
     
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