Chick bleeding head wound - flock pecked down to her skull PLEASE HELP

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickchick87, Jun 3, 2016.

  1. chickchick87

    chickchick87 New Egg

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    We put 6 4 month old chicks in with old flock (3 chickens, 1 year old). After 1 week they attacked one of the chicks overnight, pecked all skin off the top of her head so you can see the skull and down into the neck under the fat layer.

    The chick is responsive, eating, appears to be behaving normally. We separated her back into the chick enclosure in the garage. Treated the wound with neosporin and iodine but it's a pretty nasty wound.

    Does anyone have advice on how to treat the wound / handle integration? They haven't attacked any other chicks, don't fight or even acknowledge new chicks during the day.

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  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! She needs to stay separated from the others for a while. The wound needs to have time to heal before she gets put back with the others so they don't open it again. Keep a very close eye on it and keep it clean. I would put neosporin on daily for a five days to a week depending on how fast it is healing. Keep her away from flies as they will lay eggs in it. Hope this helps!
     

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