Chick with gash in her neck!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by The Chickens' Maid, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. The Chickens' Maid

    The Chickens' Maid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a 9 week old chick who has a gash in her neck, near the head. We don't know how she got it, but the wound is very clean and is not bleeding. I sprayed it once with peroxide, and put antibiotic ointment on it. I just left it with the antibiotic ointment, because I don't want to wrap cotton or something around her neck and have her choke herself. She was out all day today with her mother and the rest of the flock, and it did not look like she had been picked on.
    The wound is very deep; I can see the layers of skin and the muscle. The muscle does not look like it has been messed with. She is moving her neck and head normally. There was some yellow-tinted stuff that formed around the wound, but, from what we could see, it looked like it was part of the healing process, rather than infection. I don't want to separate her out and cause more anxiety for her. Can anyone help? Thanks!
     
  2. Chick-a-roos

    Chick-a-roos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm new to chickens so I'm no help....but maybe someone out there will give you some advise. Hope your chick gets better!
     
  3. TamiHunter

    TamiHunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just found one of my pullets with 2 puncture wounds on her back. I went to the local feed store and got her some antibiotics for her water and also some medicated spray(scarlet oil). I also picked up some corona ointment to seal it. I have her inside till she get's better. Make sure you clean the wound with saline first, gotta make sure the wound is clean. Hope this little bit of info helps!! Good luck.
     
  4. The Chickens' Maid

    The Chickens' Maid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for replying! We started using an anti-bacterial wash this morning that was meant for our dog, but the vet said that it could be used on any of our animals. The wound seems to be closing up a little bit. More yellow stuff formed in it overnight. We think that it's pus, but the wound still doesn't look infected. I stopped using the antibiotic ointment so that more air could get to it. It still doesn't look like the others are picking at it.
     
  5. andbab

    andbab Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had this happen to one of my chicks it was from the other chicks picking on her. I separated her washed it with warm water and applied polysporn. When I put her back in with the other chicks I applied stop pick and now she is a happy hen.
     
  6. TamiHunter

    TamiHunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You might want to put her by herself till she starts healing. You can't be sure the others won't start pecking at her and you want to keep her clean, so if you have a safe warm place for her, put her there. If you have anymore problems you can always get the good stuff(meds) at the feed store.
     

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