Help!!! One winged RIR

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by RubberChickenLubber, Oct 20, 2007.

  1. RubberChickenLubber

    RubberChickenLubber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went out this morning to feed my flock, and noticed something red on the side of one of my rir's. I looked again, the entire wing is gone. They still tend to sleep in the corner of the coop, and I guess something grabbed the wing this morning. What do I do?
     
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Rinnse the wound with sterile saline solution, apply antibiotic creme, seperate the hen in a dog crate or box and keep it in a dark place. keep it warm.
    Ad aspirin to water and give electrolytes like pedialite or even gaterade. make sure its eating and drinking.
     
  3. RubberChickenLubber

    RubberChickenLubber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We got him and rinsed the wound, it was still bleeding a little, so we put corn starch on it. We thought we'd wait on the neosporin until the bleeding stopped. We put him in an empty dog house w/ food and gatorade. In a few hours we'll go check on him. thanks for the help and any further advise is greatly appreciated. [​IMG]
     
  4. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    http://www.worldwidewounds.com/2003/august/Cousquer/Avian-Wound-Assessment.html
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    summary on TREATMENT measures:
    First aid
    Traumatised birds often have multiple injuries and may be further compromised by dehydration, malnutrition and other problems, especially if there has been a delay (hours or days) between injury and presentation [1]. Fluid and nutritional therapy and treatment for shock are critical in the early management of all traumatised birds. Overzealous wound and fracture treatment before stabilisation of the bird may prove fatal [1]. Some first aid of the wound, however, will inevitably be required.

    Wound first aid will usually be performed at the time of the initial or subsequent clinical examination. It need not be high tech but should fulfil a number of basic objectives:

    Cleaning - The wound should be cleaned quickly to remove as much contamination as possible. A more thorough cleaning should await veterinary examination of the wound. This is usually performed under general anaesthetic to help minimise stress . Sterile isotonic saline (0.9%) or a solution of 0.05% chlorhexidine may be used. Care should be taken not to wet the bird excessively as this is likely to increase the risks of hypothermia.

    Haemostasis - veterinary attention should be requested if there is excessive bleeding. Bleeding from most small wounds will stop following the application of a wound dressing.

    Protection from dehydration - the use of a hydrogel (e.g. Intrasite) will help protect a wound. This can be covered by a vapour permeable film dressing (e.g. Opsite) to provide further protection.

    Immobilisation - certain wounds may benefit from immobilisation or splinting. A figure of eight dressing can be used to immobilise the lower wing, for example, or the limb can be strapped to the body.

    Analgesia and antibiotics - broad spectrum antibiotics can be provided in the first instance: clavulanic acid potentiated amoxycillin (150mg/kg orally or subcutaneously) will provide cover against most aerobes and anaerobes. Analgesia can be provided with NSAIDs (e.g. carprofen (Rimadyl)) 5mg/kg subcutaneously or intravenously. Local anaesthetics should not be used in birds due to the suggested sensitivity of birds to drugs of the procaine group "."
     
  5. RubberChickenLubber

    RubberChickenLubber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My roo seems to be doing fine, eating and drinking fine. I wanted to name him lefty, but my dh decided on Stubby.
     
  6. birdnutz

    birdnutz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a millie d'uccle get dog attacked. His wing was totally shattered and had bone shards sticking out. I rinsed it well,nepsporined it and gave him antiobotics. he's still doing great 3 years later. I think they're pretty tough. Good luck with your bird.
     
  7. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    How is he now?
    Can you give us an update?
     
  8. RubberChickenLubber

    RubberChickenLubber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Stubby is doing fine, you would never know that anything happened to him unless you look closely. I put my RIR hens in with him, so hopefully they will stay close and not peck at him. It all seems to be going well. Thanks to everyone for your help and concern. [​IMG]
     
  9. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Good to hear he's doing better. [​IMG]
     
  10. MaransGuy

    MaransGuy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is probably a really stupid question, but... I have seen on this group, as well as many other groups, the term DH used when referring to another person in the house. What does DH stand for? Dear Husband, Dumber Half, Domestic Housemate???

    Thanks,
    Richard
     

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