chick with split on vent

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by The Chickens' Maid, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. The Chickens' Maid

    The Chickens' Maid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a three-week old chick with a split on the top of her vent. It looks like someone pecked her; it's a little swollen. It has already started to heal over, but I'm worried that the other chickens will peck at it. Can I put hydrogen peroxide on it, or will that hurt her?
    I'd like to put some antibiotic ointment on it, too. I will probably try to keep her and her mom and the other chicks separated for the evening.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    You can use antibiotic cream on it, just not any with "caine" pain reliever in it. (like lidocaine). I think I'd skip the hydrogen peroxide. It damages good tissue as well as bad. Seperating till healed is a good idea, just watch that it is not mom doing the pecking.

    Good luck

    Imp
     
  3. The Chickens' Maid

    The Chickens' Maid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for responding! It's healing up really fast, the split has already closed and her vent is a little less swollen.
    The weird thing is that I found a tiny little egg in the broody kennel this morning. I doubt it's momma hen, unless it was a fluke. This chick is about four weeks old. Is it even possible that the egg could be her's?
     
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Glad she's getting better.

    4 week old laying... No, not possible. Gotta be mom's fluke.

    But truth is stranger than fiction.

    Imp- [​IMG]
     

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