can a chick pick itself to death?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Autumn Mama, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. Autumn Mama

    Autumn Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 4 day old chick that I've tried to help with pastey butt. It has had alot of build up, crusted on that was near impossible to remove.

    I have most off, however it has a raw bum, and is picking itself constantly, not eating as much or sleeping well.

    The raw bum by the way, began yesterday at the Co-Op where the lady that sold them to us, PICKED OFF poop like " a bandaid" as she put it. Ripped it right off, I guess. [​IMG] I suspect the trouble started there.

    I'm sad to possibly lose it, it chirps loudly when it passes poop (which looks normal BTW)

    I've put olive oil on it (all I could think of that I had)

    What should I do at this point?

    It is a sweet little Blue Laced red Wyandotte. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2009
  2. cwc362

    cwc362 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe a little neosporin or even preparation H to help with the swelling. I've never done this , so maybe somebody with more experience will chime in with some great advice!! Good luck to you!!
     
  3. kees

    kees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    I know that a bird can self-mutilate. You'll know this is happening if there are feathers missing everywhere except on the head. Other birds will not discriminate between body and head feathers.

    I know that pet supply stores sell a god awful liquid called Bitter Apple. It's supposed to be the most bitter tasting substance on Earth. I would tend to agree...I tasted it myself. Blech. [​IMG]

    Good luck with your baby!

    Suzy

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  4. thebritt

    thebritt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
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    Quote:I'd definately use Prep H (that's been my battle cry lately). It's made to reduce inflamation and ease pain.
     
  5. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I wouldn't put anything that would sting on it...The poor little dumpling would be halfway to the moon if you did.
     
  6. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Neosporin or Prep H should be soothing, should not sting.
     
  7. Autumn Mama

    Autumn Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your replies, my concern with Prep H or Polysporin is their ingestion of it.

    I have Aloe Vera Gel (organic) on hand. It is completely safe internally

    It's also great for skin: burns, cuts, scrapes.

    Would that work? Anyone using it?

    I could dip its' bum into a shallow spoonful of it.
     
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  8. farmer macdonald123

    farmer macdonald123 Out Of The Brooder

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    soak in warm water then put some neosporin on it [​IMG]
     

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