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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chuckaroo, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. chuckaroo

    chuckaroo Hatching

    Apr 2, 2013
    hay everyone!
    I need help? I have successfully hatch 3 chicks by incubator, they were about 4weeks old, last night i put them in my coop in a separate made box, unfortunately rats got them, i had honestly thought i had cleared the infestation, anyway one survived, she is injured slightly on her back and staggering, still eating and drinking! i am wondering is there any kind of antiseptic creams ect i can use on her, sorry for writing this on the intro page i haven figured out how to write on the forum yet any help please chuckaroo!!

  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Crowing

    Apr 8, 2013
    Greetings and [​IMG]

    Sorry to hear that, rats can be such horrible predators. You probably did clear the infestation, but more will always move in and quite rapidly too.

    Depending on where you live you may be able to access Veterycin I think it's called, lots of people use that, raw honey can also work well, I use Stockholm Tar (pure with no additives and not diluted) and I'd also add raw garlic to her feed, finely minced, half a clove to two cloves depending on how much she wants, possibly added to something like hardboiled egg mash. That'd help boost her and it contains many natural antibiotics as well as sulfur to speed healing.

    There's quite a good chance that the damage is deeper than is apparent, rats rarely make shallow wounds, so of course regardless of what you do you may well still lose the chick. Hopefully not.

    Best wishes.
  3. chuckaroo

    chuckaroo Hatching

    Apr 2, 2013
    Thanks so much chooks4life that's helped a lot I will have in my local suppliers and see what I can find, if I cannot find it I will definitely try the honey and garlic, I currently have her back under the lamp she seems to be okay for the moment, we are in the country side of Kildare so unfortunately for us the rats be around no matter what we do [​IMG] but thanks so much for the reply i do appreciate it so very much [​IMG]
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Sorry to hear you lost two of your chicks to rats :hugs Wishing you the very best of luck with your remaining chick, keep an eye out for infection that may develop. Hope your chick is back to full health soon.

    Enjoy BYC :frow
  5. chooks4life

    chooks4life Crowing

    Apr 8, 2013
    You're welcome chuckaroo, good luck with her. Hope she makes it.

    Best wishes.
  6. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]

    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home!
  7. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

    Nov 4, 2014
    East Tennessee.
    Hello and Welcome to BYC!
    We're glad you decided to join. [​IMG]There is tons of information on here, so I'm sure you'll find answers to all your questions.[​IMG]

  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] I'm glad you joined us.

    I'm sorry to hear about the rat attack![​IMG] I hope the remaining chick turns out okay.
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Do you know anyone with Jack Russell terriers? They would love to clean out your rats, and owners like to show off their skills. Can you go online and see if there is a JRT club around. I'm sure the members would like the chance to hone their dogs' skills. They even have "trials" where the dogs prove their heritage.
  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined! :)

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