Chick with skin ripped off (WARNING! GRAPHIC PIC ADDED!)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by speckledhen, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    My broody was out with her three chicks and Zane's little brother, Mace, is one of them. He's 4 weeks old now. When I went out to check on them, Mace was sitting under a tree by himself, so I picked him up. I noticed his little foot had a scratch so I took him in and put Neosporin on it then returned him to his mama. In a few minutes, I saw that my hand had more blood on it than there should have been so I had a hunch to check Mace over. I found that the skin from behind his skull was ripped in a sheet down the entire stretch of his neck. It seems fairly superficial, perhaps he caught his head in something and pulled it out, ripping the skin.
    We did not use peroxide and didnt have Betadine, so we just slathered antibiotic ointment down the wound and brought him inside the house. There's vitamins and electrolytes in his water and he'll just stay in a rubbermaid-type brooder till he heals. If there is anything else I need to do, please let me know. I've never had an injury like this before on any of my birds.
    Thank goodness I had a hunch about him and saw the blood smear on the palm of my hand or he might have been pecked to death by morning! [​IMG] Geez, did I need one more thing to worry about???
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2008
  2. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    [​IMG] If it isn't one thing than it is another isn't it? Sorry, can't help as I think I would have done what you are doing right now. Is the flap of skin in position? I mean does it need to be taped in place or stitched?
  3. Dilly

    Dilly Cooped Up

    Apr 15, 2008
    Hi cynthia, so sorry about the little guy. Do you have a website for your birds?
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    No, Dilly, I don't have a website, sorry.
    Carrie, I dont see an actual flap of skin. It's just raw and the feathers and surface layers ripped off. It's just the entire back of his poor little neck. We couldnt even find where he did it. Could have been anywhere, I guess.
  5. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    [​IMG] You gotta be kidding me?! Pretty soon you're going to end up with a bunch of little padded cells for them. Or maybe one for yourself. [​IMG] Good grief you've had a run of bad luck.
  6. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    I would do what you are doing for now and watch close for infection. I really don't think there is much more you can do to treat it at this point.

    Hopefully, within a few days he is doing fine. You sure have had enough troubles this year without more!
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Last fall I had that happen with a young pullet. I think she stuck her head between the gate and fence and when she pulled back it caught on something. Her wound was more on the side of her head and upper neck. It took awhile, but it eventually healed up.
  8. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Hey Cyn, if you can keep it sprayed with blue kote or get your hands on some betadine that should be sufficient unless you start seeing infection.
  9. Pinenot

    Pinenot Songster

    Sep 11, 2007
    If you need to, I would close it with strips of hair tape or little bandaids to keep it clean and together.
  10. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    Geez, if trouble is supposed to come in 3's you are way over your allotted quota! Don't much like the idea of multiples of 3's [​IMG]

    Sounds like you handled the situation quite well. Hope the little guy will be alright. [​IMG]

    Having not had a broody, will she yearn for her baby and vice versa? If so, maybe visiting hours?! Altho the poor little fella was sitting off to himself when you found him...


    Edited for transposed letters - dyslexic fingers?
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2008

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