Chick with Extremley bad head Injury

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kyle E, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. Kyle E

    Kyle E Songster

    Apr 24, 2010
    Liberty, Pennsylvania
    1) What type of bird , age and weight. Sebright bantam chick, couple hours old, 1 pound
    2) What is the behavior, exactly. Hurtful
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms? Today
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms? No
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. BLOOD
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. Mother sebright hen had nest on top of bales about metal cages, i think it fell off and cut the skin off the head
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. Drinking
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. not sure
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? Nothing
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet? myself
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use. Hay


  2. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Songster

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    I hate to say this but the chick is not gonna make it with such a significant injury. The most humane thing you can do for the baby is put it down asap. I don't think it could get an injury like that just falling, perhaps mama turned on it for some reason and did the damage and tossing the baby out of the nest? I have had hens do that to their young if something is wrong with it.
  3. Kyle E

    Kyle E Songster

    Apr 24, 2010
    Liberty, Pennsylvania
    How Would I put it down?
  4. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Boerne, TX
    I lost one of my 6 week old EE boys to an injury like that last week. He accidentally got into the big girl's pen and they scalped him and one eye was missing. It was awful. My husband put him out of his misery QUICK with his pellet gun. I cried like a baby.

    I am so sorry this happened to you.[​IMG]
  5. Kyle E

    Kyle E Songster

    Apr 24, 2010
    Liberty, Pennsylvania
    Its a shame to see them like that, this one has all the skin on the head gone.
  6. Cackling Hen

    Cackling Hen Just Scratching Around

    Apr 21, 2009
    Port Angeles Wa
    Yes looks like it got pecked I have hubby use pellet gun also Its the best to put the baby out of its pain Sorry Good luck
  7. if it were an a few months old, maybe it could survive, but as a baby its only going to suffer and die slowly...You definately need to put it down, quickly! The quickest humane way is to take a good sharp pair of scissors or small pruning snips, a plastic bag and a rag or paper towel. wrap the babies body in the rag/paper towels, leaving its neck and head exposed. have your plastic bag (or trash can) under your hands and the chick. quickly, surely, cleanly, in one quick go take the scissors or snips and cut through the neck, which should seperate the head from the body - instant death, instant relief. then if you are squeamish, you dont even have to look after you make sure your placement on the neck is sound, set down the body in the bag or trash can, and wrap it up. now you can dispose of the remains as you see fit.

    I'm sorry it has to be this way, but trust me that baby will only suffer for a few hours or even days.

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