HELP PLEASE My Hen has an egg size rip/hole in her back

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by christmaschicken, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. christmaschicken

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    One of my Hens I will be honest I am not sure what she is the only one out of my group I have never been able to identify. Anyway
    She has been hanging out in the coupe more and more so this morning when I went to let everyone out, she was staying in still, I picked her up and she has a bare area on her backside, and I lifted up her wing and she has a rip the size of a small egg. It looks as if it is trying to heal over, but has to be hurting her.

    I am thinking the New Rooster might be doing this to her?

    Which might explain why she has been hanging out in there the last 2 days. She appears fine otherwise, she is eating and drinking but I am concerned!

    I took her today and placed her in a small cage by herself. I put some Antibiotics in her water to help her heal. I had to get to work, so I am going to clean her up very good tonight and see what we have going on.

    What should I treat it with? What else should I do?

    Should I keep her isolated? Will they hurt her if I keep her there a few days or weeks to let her heal? When I go to put her back in with her flock will they be mad because she has been isolated?
    What to do???
     
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  2. christmaschicken

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    ANYONE??
     
  3. katrinag

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    I would keep her in a seperate change, clean the would with betadine, put nesporin with out pain reliver on it. Make sure she is eating. Try giving her scrambled eggs.
     
  4. dlhunicorn

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    do you have a photo of the injury? if so please post.
    Separate her immediately from the others... make sure the area she will be in is nice and clean .... you need to flush that wound out copiously (use a clean squirt type bottle) with sterile saline > you can make this yourself by boiling 1/4 tsp of salt in a quart of water for five minutes (let it cool to lukewarm)... then apply some triple antibiotic cream to it. If it is warm and there are flies around anywhere or other insects (I see you are in florida) then I suggest you put her inside as fly strike is a very real possibility and you dont want a wound full of maggots. Yes, this is probably an injury from your rooster.
     
  5. christmaschicken

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    Oh Thank you I will do that right away... I can not get pics posted until this evening. Actually I am at work, so I am leaving early to take care of her this afternoon I will try to get pics once I get her cleaned up and can see exactly what is going on.

    I noticed all my girls are looking kind of rough on there back sides, I am wondering should I remove the Roosters Spurs? If so how does one remove spurs? I am told take pliers and twist them off holding his leg firmly? and than I am told to snip the tip of the growth underneath to prevent if from growing back sharp again?

    She is in my Covered Patio (Screened In) in a cage actually I placed her in my parrotts patio cage for now it is quite and she is eating and drinking.
     
  6. verycherry

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    One of mine had a similar wound from a rooster, a very sweet but heavy Cochin roo. When I found the wound it was under her wing and had been there a few days so it had a terrible, thick, lumpy scab on it, and was hot, red and swollen. I cleaned it as well as I could, and removed some loose pieces of scab. I put neosporin on it every night and gave her antibiotics in her water, and after a few days the aweful scab came off and the wound started closing. I guess it took about 2 weeks for it to completely close. She's fine now.

    Good luck!
     
  7. christmaschicken

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    VeryCherry

    This is exactly what I am seeing, it seems like it may have been this way for a couple of days and it is a dark scab. Seems warm to the touch and kind of red around the area.

    Did you isolate your hen?
     
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    I didn't isolate her since the wound was under her wing and well hidden and there was no odor. I did take her in a couple times a day to give her the water with antibiotics, and also to put more neosporin on the wound so none of the other chickens would see the wound. I think the neosporin helped to remove the bad scar. I don't think it would have healed properly with such a lumpy gob! If the scab on your chicken is flat and smooth that's better, so you might just want to put the medicine around on the swollen red area.

    Also, I heard recently that if you clean wounds with peroxide, only clean around the wound. Don't poor it into the wound, because it can kill live tissue. I don't know, hadn't ever heard that before, but maybe it's right. You might ask someone who'd know if that's true or not.

    What was so weird was looking at the gash all open like that. It was so big I wondered if it would close up without stitches, but it did. I just kept reapplying the neosporin liberally, every day until it was almost closed and had only a small smooth scab.
     
  10. christmaschicken

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    Thank you everyone... I just LOVE this Forum.

    I am very new to all this and I just want to make sure I am giving my babies the best possible care I can, and keep them all happy and healthy!

    I am going to go by the Drug Store on the way home see what they have and get some of that chlorhexidine based rinse stuff and fix her up.

    Should I NOT give her a nice warm bath? to get her clean all over and I was hoping it would loosen that scab up some as well? Than treat her?

    Or should I just clean the wound and only the wound?
     
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