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Do I put something on him or let nature take its course?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by arllcountrygirl, May 3, 2009.

  1. arllcountrygirl

    arllcountrygirl lavender nutt

    Here is my poor boy - he survived a dog attack. You can read about it here https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=174303&p=1 - I didn't want to stress him out worse by trying to hold him down - it took me a while to corner him and get him into the pen. What is your take on his wounds ? I don't want him getting an infection. Thanks for you input.
  2. momof247371

    momof247371 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2009
    can you take him to a vet? i know most dont specialize in poultry/fowl but i would try.. if not, try to nurse him but if he shows no sign of gettin better.......
  3. arllcountrygirl

    arllcountrygirl lavender nutt

    Our vet wouldn't do much even though he deals with large animals. the other vets in the area wouldn't know what a turkey was [​IMG]

    He is walking around today and eating like usual. (being a pig)
    I just worry about the spot on his chest and the ones on the top of his tail.
  4. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    I keep a product called "Tri-Care" for my horses, I think Tractor Supply Carries it. I have used it before on Poultry wounds. Also, if it were me, I would be using Penecillen. I think you could do 1 cc a day for about 7 days to prevent infection. Pen is inexpensive, the downside is you need about an 18 needle to push it through, luckily that is not horribly big for a Turkey.
  5. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Well as it was a dog attack...you need to clean those wounds and get some antibiotic ointment on them at a minimum. Make sure you do not use any ointment with pain reliever in it. Better to get him on antibiotics.

    You can try butterfly bandanges to pull the wounds closed, just make sure you leave a small opening so they can drain. Wrap him in bandages or a cotton t-shirt to keep it clean.

    If you leave it...he most likely will get an infection and that is a more serious problem.
    Last edited: May 3, 2009
  6. arllcountrygirl

    arllcountrygirl lavender nutt

    Quote:I will check into Tri-Care - I have never heard of that. We have Pen. I always keep that on the farm. Where would I inject at? He is so torn up, I don't even know where I would inject at.
  7. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Breast would be best, but the muscle of their thigh would work too.
  8. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    I think clean him up the best you can. It would probably be best to wait til he's sleeping to pick him up. Hydrogen peroxide would flush out any nasties, but don't use it too often, because it can damage the tissue. Although most people don't, I have used tea tree oil (mixed with distilled water) on my chickens when they were bloody from injuries.

    edited for spelling
    Last edited: May 3, 2009
  9. arllcountrygirl

    arllcountrygirl lavender nutt

    Quote:Ok - I will try the t-shirt. Can I use peroxide on him? I am just afraid of stressing him out worse. It has been raining here all week and still suppose to rain all next week - so that isn't helping me out at all.
  10. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    If you can't find Tri-Care , I have a small Tube of a Triple antibiotic from Johnson & Johnson, it has a pain reliever in it and is safe for Poultry, I got it at Wal-Mart. Anything to coat the wounds and prevent infection.

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