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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by golly molly, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. golly molly

    golly molly In the Brooder

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    I posted my questions at the wrong place. Thanks to all of you who welcomed me and for directing me to the right area. I have standard cochins, 10 of them. possibly eight after this. Monday night we got home a little after dark , I let my chickens out during the day. shut them in at night. A raccoon killed one hen, and my big rooster and another hen were chewed up on the head. The hen seems pretty perky but her beak is totally splintered but she drinks when I syringe it in her mouth. The rooster stands with his head hanging, he bled a lot from his comb . tonight he started putting his head up a little and on better examination of him his lower beak is split in half up toward his nostrils. I got a couple syringes of water in him. I had previously used a drench and put vet rx on their heads , also emt gel and antiobiotic cream. I feel pretty bad about this as I should have left them in when I am not sure how late I will get home. the raccoon ran back in the coupe because my daughter got home before us and kept holloring at him . Hubby tried to shoot him and missed. I guess there isn't any hope for the hen since the beak appears to be splintered so that you cant find the nostril just kind of a hole that her tongue comes out to drink and swallow. ugh she really seems to want to live. called new Bolton which is near hear and they just called back . said probably best to euthanize , the beak can not grow back and the hens sinuses are exposed if I cant find the nostrils.. so they said wait till tomorrow and then I can take them in to euthanize. Anyone have any ideas on the issue with the beaks. I just cant kill them myself. I know that sounds alwful.
     

  2. golly molly

    golly molly In the Brooder

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    Well back again . Have four young cochins that are about 3 months old. They all seemed fine but about a month ago noticed one was turning one leg sideways. I have tried the sling, the chair splinting and wrapping it. The leg can be slowly brought back in position and she can move her toes. Now to add to it she straightens the other leg and it seems to lock up at the joint. She eats and drinks well. But when I take her out of her chair she scoots along thrashing her wings and legs. I am at my wits end. I feel like I would have certainly known if she had been spraddle leg early on. Her keel is now more to one side now. I wonder id she could have been injured when I started putting them out in the dog crate. Keep hoping I can help her but nothing seems to work . It is hard for me to figure where the leg twists from, the hip or the knee. Any suggestions or help would be appreciated. Am afraid will have to euthanise her soon if there is no hope for her legs holding her up. So frustrating as she did walk before.
     
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    golly molly In the Brooder

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    I never received a repky to this post but have been using all suggestions mentioned on other posts. My poor little hen still has twisted leg on one leg and other leg joint seems to want to pop backwardsat times. She cant stand any more. I am now having to come to the hard decision to put her down. I have read several post on humane euthanasia on the posts but all seem to disagree on which is truly humane. like many have said it is hard as you become more attached caring for them.. I did not mention that when I first saw how the leg was turning I took her to avet who specialises in birds . I was told it may be spkay leg and maybe she would get stronger on the leg. That was it. Cost $72.00 for that answer. Nothing else. Not what may be tried or anything. An hour drive to get there also. Can anyone tell me if they can ever get results that can help a young chicken with twisted leg to walk . Feel like maybe all the things I tried has maybe made it worse. She eats and likes to be held. but if she will never walk then I got to do what is right by her. Please any help would be appreciated. Thank you donna . Gmail 0211crawford@gmail.com
     
  4. MasterOfClucker

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    Im so sorry you have to go through this.[​IMG]

    Culling sounds like a good option.What you really need to think about is are you keeping her alive for her sake or yours?I would ask a friend if they can cull.I know you love her but sometimes they need to be in a better place.She probably never walk again without the assistance of a Avian vet and even they might not do it.
     
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    Thank u for a quick reply. I took her to an avian vet when first noticed when she was a couple months . Very disappointed expected something for that trip and money. Maybe he did not like to work with chickens . So what I learned was from backyard chickens. Do you think carbon monoxide wouldbe the most peaceful way. She is really acting up right now. Flapping her wings. Ugh almost like she knows. So hard
     
  6. MasterOfClucker

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    The dry ice method seems good.
     
  7. golly molly

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    Again I want to thank you for replying back when you did. What you said was i keeping her alive for her sake or for mine . Made me realize i was doing it for me as I felt like I left her down when I could not figure out what happened to her . We did not have dry ice. But my husband did the carbon menoxide. She went so quickly . Your reply helped me. If we had not done it right away I would probablyvput it off longer. I tried everything even the wheelchair for chickens. Thinking she woulg use the one leg . Very odd that the backward leg worked better than the other one. She was a sweet standard cochin about 4 months old. Thank you again so much . Donna
     

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    I have to say that your passion and respectfulness to this chicken is amazing.You are the type of person that makes me smile still realizing that there are people out there caring for animals like there own babies.You did the best you could for her.
     

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