Chick suffered broken lower wings during shipping, advice please....

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DutchChic, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. DutchChic

    DutchChic Chick Charmer

    Jun 4, 2008
    NE Oklahoma
    I had some chicks shipped in that were already about 4-5 days old. They already had good wing growth started, and were crowded in the box. They are now 1 week old. One of my black Orps has obviously broken both wings at the first joint from the tip. She has no control of them, they flap over from her body and just hang upside down. It is more noticeable the older she gets. My questions are:
    Will this get any better?
    Is there anything I can do to fix them?
    Will they cause her problems as she matures?
    Would I be better off snipping them off at the first joint while she is very young?
    I do my own vet care on my poultry as well as my goats and horses, and do have medical training. No vets in my area really know anything about goats and chickens. If snipping them off while she is so young is the best thing, I can cauterize them with a silver nitrate stick if they happen to bleed much. I dock puppy tails at work and we use the sticks to cauterize after we are done.
    Anyway, advice would be welcome because I have never dealt with a broken wing, especially on one so little.
    Thanks in advance....
     
  2. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    I am not certified to give any advice. That being said, you could try to splint them, it would take 6 weeks. It is very hard for a chicken to balance without their wings. Can you call a vet for advice? Otherwise, you know the other option.. I think you are your own best judge of what to do. good luck. and always watch out for infection, but you know that already.

    EDIT: and get more advice
     
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  3. DutchChic

    DutchChic Chick Charmer

    Jun 4, 2008
    NE Oklahoma
    LOL....I guess what I'm hoping for is advice from someone that has first hand experience with this type of injury. What worked and didn't work for them.
    Thanks, though...
     
  4. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    I have only splinted legs and that worked.
     
  5. DutchChic

    DutchChic Chick Charmer

    Jun 4, 2008
    NE Oklahoma
    Oh yeah...I've done that on several different types of critters and it does work. I wish this was a leg injury because I could fix that. I've corrected fisted feet and splayed legs before on chicks.
    I'm of the mind that snipping her lower wings off is the best bet because I just see them being a hindrance in the future. I keep calling her a her, but I'm not sure what she is...lol. She's smaller and quieter so I'm thinking pullet.
     
  6. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    watch out for those sweet ones.....when they grow up they will be little helions [​IMG]
     

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