Chicks Wing is GONE! What now?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by debvaughn23, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. debvaughn23

    debvaughn23 Hatching

    Apr 12, 2008
    Last week we introduced a new 5 week old chick to our flock (of 2 other 5 week olds). Things seemed fine. This morning when we went out to feed them the new chick is missing a wing. Not bleeding freely, just red and sore looking. She's eating and drinking. We have not observed pecking, in fact, the three of them sleep together at night. But this is our first chicken attempt and we don't know what to do. Medical treatments? Separate them? Help!
  2. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    You will definitely have to seperate. Chicks will peck anything that looks like blood, and it will only get worse. As far as treatment of the wingess chick goes, I dont know, as I have never had to deal with this before.
  3. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    separate that chick to an inside brooder (it sounds as though you had outside?) and keep warm and give electrolytes... apply antibiotic creme . keep a good eye on it to monitor taht it is drinking and eating.
  4. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Did you find the wing or have any idea what got it off her?? She needs electrolytes for shock, and the wound needs cleaning and a sterile gauze dressing. She WILL need antibiotics most likely and 1 &1/4 baby aspirin to a quart of water for pain-- THOUGH I wouldn't start that until all bleeding has stopped. Can you post pics so it can be determined if the wound should be stitched?? Poly-Vi-Sol has a good quantity of vit. A in it that can assist in wound healing and skin problems. You may want to consider using it according to dlhunicorn's timetable.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2008
  5. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Sounds like a raccoon was trying for free eats...
    the other chicks would peck but not EAT another chick.
  6. debvaughn23

    debvaughn23 Hatching

    Apr 12, 2008
    UPDATE: Called the local feed store where we got the chick and they advised to apply antibiotic creme and watch for infection. Suspected it might have been a rat? She is separated and seems much more upset about being taken away from her sisters than about the loss of her wing. Peeping loudly at first, but now seems to be settling down. Will keep an eye on her.

    Will the wing grow back? Don't know much about chicken anatomy.
  7. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    No the wing will not grow back.
  8. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * She'll be a little off balance and not fly, but will learn to get along.
  9. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    Corydon, Indiana
    Give her a buddy.
  10. Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies

    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Rat traps are only about a 1.50 at walmart go buy a couple.
    To me its worth just tossing the whole trap along with what ever you get, if you catch something.

    :-( I hope he makes a good recovery.

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