HELP!Favorite ROOSTER had fight, BADLY INJURED Graphic Picture Warning

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by littlechickie, Sep 6, 2007.

  1. littlechickie

    littlechickie In the Brooder

    Sep 6, 2007
    I was at school all day, and when I got home, my sister told me the roosters had been fighting, and that my other rooster kept pecking this one even though it wasn't moving. So I went out and cried.... It's so horrible. This one's my favourite rooster, it's the first one, all the other ones are it's descendants....

    (I have three roosters and about 11 hens)

    1) What type of bird , age and weight.

    Buff pekin I believe, about 3-4years old, and quite light.

    2) What is the behavior, exactly.

    He is lying on the floor, and his head is flopped to one side, and one side of his eyes is shut. He is still breathing.

    3) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.

    I hope his neck isn't broken, because he can't keep his head up.

    Bleeding on the face. and smells bad of blood

    4) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.

    My roosters were fighting.

    5) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.

    I don't think it has been eating or drinking
    6) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.

    Hasn't pood
    7) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?

    Brought it inside in a cardboard box and made a makeshift pillow for his head. Put him in the sun.
    8 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?

    I hope he heals himself, I don't think my parents will pay for a vet, I don't think I can afford it.

    9) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.

    Last edited: Sep 7, 2007
  2. Not much help here hopefully someone else can help as well.

    Keep him warm for right now is all I can offer. If he is in shock which I am sure he is just keep him warm!!
  3. littlechickie

    littlechickie In the Brooder

    Sep 6, 2007
    Ok, thanks, I am afraid he might be blind on one side forever, because one side of his eyes is tight shut.

    And his beak isnt opening up verywell, i was trying to feed him a bit of gold kiwifruit by putting it on his beak and he was trying to eat it but he could only open his beak a very slight bit. So I was dripping water onto his beak slowly with my finger. He was trying to drink it.

    I am just so sad, because he is usually just the happiest, cutest, friendliest rooster I have... [​IMG]
  4. mourninglory

    mourninglory In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2007
    Maurepas, Louisiana
    I'll start by saying you answered many questions that my have come up.
    If he is just laying there but still breathing (alive), can you feel for anything unusual in his neck. You know, like bones out of place. If you feel under his neck does it sound crunchy? (sorry -I don't know how else to describe)
    Since he is inside now, can you put him in a quiet, dark and warm room -like a small bathroom or even your closet with a crack in the door for ventilation?
    From the pictures he doesn't look too beat up to recover if he is just shocky. He certainly doesn't look "normal" laying there like that either. I hope some experts can hop on here and do better than I can.
  5. Do not worry about his eye he will get along just fine if it turns out to be blind.

    If you have a heating pad I would slip it under him keep the towel between him and the heating pad that way it can not burn him. Keep it on the low setting.

    Give him some time! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2007
  6. littlechickie

    littlechickie In the Brooder

    Sep 6, 2007
    Yay! He just opened the shut eye! He did that while I was feeling under his neck.

    I think it did sound a little crunchy.... Not sure, but I heard something, wasn't loud though. Um honestly, I don't think I felt any bones... I'm certainly no chicken expert.

    Small and dark yes, but small dark and warm, I'm not sure... but that might be ok right? I mean it's colder outside anyway... I don't know
  7. littlechickie

    littlechickie In the Brooder

    Sep 6, 2007
    Quote:Hmmm, I don't know what a heating pad is, but I have this thing, you plug in and it gets really hot then you can unplug it and it stays hot for some time. That might work.

    Or a hot water bottle. Or a heat pack you can put in the microwave?
  8. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

    Mar 7, 2007
    Mount Airy, NC
    You better put a "Graphic Picture Warning" on your thread title before the forum ninnies get freaked out by those pics...hope he recovers OK.
  9. DoctorGoose

    DoctorGoose Songster

    Jul 27, 2007
    Keep him well hydrated. You might want to get up every few hours to give him water, because if he's bleeding, he's going to be dehydrated. Add some sugar for extra energy. Check for any broken bones or spots.

    Give him a nice soft bed to lay on, with some shavings for his bum, something soft for his head. Lay him out flat so he's not all squished up. (Laundry baskets work well for this; you can keep him in your room), make sure he's warm, and you can add a blanket if you can't find a warm enough room where he's still.

    Don't try to open his eye. Let that heal. The other wounds can be cleaned off with some bactine or other wound healer/cleaner--and you could put liquid band-aids on him if you have that, otherwise neosporin. Make sure to clean him up first, gently. If nothing else, use some warm soapy water to clean the wounds.

    Edited to add: he really should stay inside with you, where it's warm. If you need dark, just lay a blanket over his box. But do get a larger box to put him in, so he can lay flat. If it's dark, he'll stay calmer, too.

    Good luck.
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2007
  10. I don't know what a heating pad is, but I have this thing, you plug in and it gets really hot then you can unplug it and it stays hot for some time.

    Yes, that is a heating pad, get that under him.

    It should have a switch to change the temp on it...

    low (turn it to this setting)



    Just make sure you keep a towel between your roo and the heating pad. Place the heating pad at the bottom of the box then a folded towel then your roo. To help keep it warmer in the box you can lay a towel to cover part of the top of the box.

    PS. you can use the pine shaving like doctorgoose said. If you wanted to do it that way....

    heating pad on bottom of box

    newspaper on top of heating pad

    pive shavings on top of newspaper

    Last edited: Sep 7, 2007

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