Chick has part of her skin ripped off

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by RebekahNicole, May 31, 2010.

  1. RebekahNicole

    RebekahNicole Out Of The Brooder

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    Today I went to my chickens pen and saw my 4 week old chick. Part of her skin was ripped off and you can see the muscle in her neck. There was no way for any predators to get to her, I think it was my other hen. She's not acting lethargic or anything. She walks around and scratches in the grass, she's just moving a little bit slower than usual.

    I have no idea what to do with her. Theres so much muscle exposed. I don't know what to do.

    You should be able to see a couple pics here.

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  2. RebekahNicole

    RebekahNicole Out Of The Brooder

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    My sister is holding the chick now, but I don't know what to do... I mean it's not like she can hold her until she heals...
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    First, WASH YOUR HANDS.

    Next thing I would do is ISOLATE, keep that chick away from the others.

    Next wash the wound with semi warm soapy water.

    with a VERY CLEAN HAND, apply some neosporin/triple antibiotic ointment.

    NEXT.. can you approximate either side of the wound together?

    If you can I would get a needle and thread and sew it together. If you can't sew it together, it's changes of survival are slimmer.

    While I've seen chickens on here heal with a wound like this, I'll be honest, most times the bird has to be culled.

    Good luck and my God bless..
     
  4. RebekahNicole

    RebekahNicole Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, my parents are looking at it and they say it can't be stitched together. It looks like the feathers, skin and some muscle have been removed . Should I just clean it and leave it? Or should I just cull her?
     

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