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EMERGENCY - Turkey Skinned? *VERY Graphic Pics*

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BellChell123, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. BellChell123

    BellChell123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We went out and came home to find our turkey seemed like she's been skinned? We don't know whether or not to butcher her, or try to save her.

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    The skin seems like it's been torn, but we don't know if we can wrap it and see if it will heal.

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    The flap of skin completely covers the wound. It's wrapped now with vet-wrap (the stretchy stuff that sticks to itself). I have Pen-G injectable. Can we give her that? Is there any hope for her, or would it be more humane to cull her?
     
  2. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is always hope and birds do heal from horrible wounds. Clean wounds with a diluted peroxide solution or similar product initially,then clean daily with a saline solution. Apply an antibiotic ointment(nothing ending in "caine/cane" toxic to chickens). I know you can use Pen G on chickens but do not know if safe or dose for turkeys.

    Keep wound uncovered,unless flies will be a problem(maggots)wound will heal from the inside out. You mentioned you have it vet wrapped,while you can leave for a day,best to leave uncovered. Watch for infection,signs of infection are:foul smell coming from wound,redness/swelling,spreading/redness swelling,black tissue(necrotic,dead).

    For pain you can give him aspirin,dose i have for turkeys is same for chickens,25 mg per lb of body weight. or one reg aspirin(325mg)per gallon of water.

    here is a link with dosage information.

    http://msucares.com/poultry/diseases/solutions.html.
     
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  3. BellChell123

    BellChell123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know if leaving it uncovered is really an option. The skin flap hangs way down, weighed down by her feathers, leaving a gaping wound roughly 3x4". It's very cold here right now, so flies aren't a problem if you still think leaving it open is the way to go. I worry about the flap of skin snagging on something and making things worse. Would removing the flap help the situation?
     
  4. appaloosakeeper

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    Ouch! As long as the wound stays clean she could be OK. Is the loose flap of skin warm? If so, that means there is still blood supply to it. If not, the flap should probably be removed if you plan on keeping her alive. This is just my opinion, I'm NO expert. Good luck with which ever decision you feels is best!
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  5. BellChell123

    BellChell123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is still warm, but is hanging down, pulling the wound wide open. If I leave it there and uncovered, I'm very concerned she will step on it and rip it open even more.
     
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    If still attached,rinse flap of skin really well with a saline solution/sterile water,make sure you have removed all debris(otherwise you are sealing in bacteria that could result in severe infection). place flap of skin back in place(if bleeding apply pressure)wrap in strips,so that there is spacing in between to allow air to circulate,then wrap in a light gauze covering,again to allow air to circulate. Watch closely for infection.
     
  7. BellChell123

    BellChell123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, next question. The wound is directly below the wing, between the wing and the leg. Kind of an awkward place to wrap. Any suggestions as to the best way to do that? Obviously around her body, but would in front of the leg be better than the back? I've never had to deal with this sort of body wound. :-/
    Wish I knew how it happened! I'm stumped!
     
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    Keep her warm,when ill/injured birds cannot regulate their body temp so additional heat might be required. Keep her quiet and calm,ensure she is eating/drinking. Give her electrolytes for shock.


    Note: when i give aspirin i wrap it in a pce of meat or cheese,if bird not eating,crush and dissolve in water.
     
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  9. BellChell123

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    Yep, we've got her in the bathroom right now, with water.
     
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    Do you have gauze and medical tape(white tape)if yes cut gauze into square to fit wound(apply antibiotic ointment to gauze)trim feathers away from wound and secure with medical tape or whatever tape you have on hand,this should work. You will probably have to cut feathers a bit to remove tape to clean daily.


    Note:if no tape available,use duct tape,i admit to using this in emergency situations.
     
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