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Help needed! Severe head injury on EE (warning: graphic photos) :(

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 3 of everything, Feb 25, 2015.

  1. 3 of everything

    3 of everything Out Of The Brooder

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    Any advice greatly appreciated. Not sure how to treat this little one. She's just about a year old. Found her tonight huddled away from the other chickens in our backyard with a severe head injury. Thankfully her eye wasn't injured but half of her scalp is missing. What do I do now? Bleeding has stopped. We have her inside in a dog crate in a dark quiet place. She drank water and ate a little. Lots of diarrhea though. She's the same sweet chicken that's in my profile pic.
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  2. orumpoultry

    orumpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you cleaned it yet? How do her eyes look? Are they glossy? Clear? Is she alert? That looks like a bite wound to me. I would make sure there's no foreign debris in it.
     
  3. 3 of everything

    3 of everything Out Of The Brooder

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    I haven't cleaned it yet. What's the best way? She's alert and her eyes are glossy and seem pretty clear.
     
  4. orumpoultry

    orumpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's good to hear. The best way to clean a head wound like that is with saline solution. Do NOT use peroxide or alcohol. It will hurt the good flesh. Rinse it softly,try not to encourage more bleeding. Then apply some no aspirin / no pain killer style triple antibiotic and keep it clean. Make sure its pain killer free, as that's toxic to birds.
     
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  5. 3 of everything

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    Okay. I've got saline in the house so I'll go do that now. Good info in the pain killers/toxicity. Thank you so much for the advice on this. I didn't even know where to begin. Very stunned by it all.
     
  6. orumpoultry

    orumpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Keep her clean and dry. Chickens can surprise you with what they can do.
     
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    Thank you for all the advice. It was great. We've been washing out the wound with saline and treating it with a topical antibiotic 2-3x per day but it kept getting puss. In addition, when she stretched her neck to preen herself (good sign) we noticed that the neck muscle was exposed. Since stitching it would be difficult in that area, we decided to get some penicillin from the feed store on board along with some Vetacyn wound spray. Started her injection of penicillin today so hopefully, all that combined will get her healthy again.
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  8. orumpoultry

    orumpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its a VERY good sign that she's eating and drinking still. It looks like it's starting to heal. Still looks pretty bad though. Putting her in secondary antibiotics should help with the puss. Penicillin, did you get short or long acting? What's the rating on it?

    Keep me updated with pictures! She's on the mend, that's good.
     
  9. Eggcessive

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    Vetericyn or betadine work well for preventing infection. A once or twice use of hydrogen peroxide will help clean and debride a dirty wound well. After that it may affectwound healing, but it is still agood wound treatment. Triple antibiotic or plain Neosporin ointment are also good to apply twice daily.
     
  10. cochinfan05

    cochinfan05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a hen with a similar injury just wondering how everything turned out?
     

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