HELP!!! Rooster with head injuries not eating!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Peregrine, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. Peregrine

    Peregrine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 roosters (and only 4 hens) and before I have been able to sell one, he attacked the one I was planning on keeping. Road Runner (the injured rooster)'s head was covered with blood and I'm afraid that his right eye may have been hurt seriously; he won't open it. This happened yesterday. I took him into the bathtub and cleaned him off with peroxide on some cottonballs. His comb was really bloody; I tried to pat some of it off with paper towels. Today I read a link about injury care and did what was suggested--I rinsed his head with a peroxide/water soluton in a syringe (then rinsed with just water to get all of the bubbles off), and I put some advil in his water (200 mg for 2 cups). Whenever I check in on him he's sleeping, but still breathing. It lookes like he's drinking, because the water container is emptying, but he doesn't seem to be eating, neither the pellets nor some of his favorite treats (curdled milk and milk-soaked cereal left over from breakfast.) Any suggestions to how to care for him? I really want to save him; he's got the characteristics of an EE. Here are some pics:


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    I believe the black on his comb is blood scabbing over--the whole comb was bright red yesterday.
    It looks like he's sleeping in the 2nd picture, but he's just got his eye closed.
     
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2009
  2. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    It Looks like scaly leg mites to me??? what would happen if you pulled one off?
     
  3. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Chickens won't eat for a few days if they don't feel good. leave food for him,he'll eat soon.
     
  4. slightlyscrambled

    slightlyscrambled Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:umm I think she said it got into a fight with another roo.
    give him a little time, he doesnt look TO bad. Hope he gets better.
     
  5. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    Quote:umm I think she said it got into a fight with another roo.
    give him a little time, he doesnt look TO bad. Hope he gets better.

    Yes I read that but she said "ithink". I would put hyrogen peroxide on it via Q tip once and then just leave it.
     
  6. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    Also i would stop the advil. I think it would be more har, than good after today.
     
  7. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    NO ADVIL!! [​IMG] It may kill them
    Chickens can have Aspirin...
     
  8. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    Quote:Changed Har -Harm
     
  9. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    First of all, you need to clean the wounds a bit more (if those pics are of his current condition). Use a soft cloth and warm water to wash him in the sink or bathtub. Get the dried blood off him so that you can see exactly where and what his wounds are. It may be that his eye was sealed shut by dried blood. After you wash him, dry him with a towel; you can wrap him to keep him warm while he dries.

    You'll need to keep him in a warm, comfortable place away from the other chickens until he is healed completely (chickens can turn cannibalistic at the sight of others' wounds). If you can keep him in the house that would be good. Then he can use his energy to heal as opposed to trying to stay warm. He is probably shocked somewhat by his wounds so it isn't surprising that he may have lost his normal appetite. It's good that he's drinking. You can add a bit of sugar to his water or give him a bit of Gatorade (for electrolytes).

    You can use Blu-Kote or a small dose of neosporin on wounds away from his eyes.
     
  10. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can put neosporin on the wounds as long as it does not contain any "caine" ingreds for pain. He looks like he will be fine. He is probably very sore. His eye may be injured and I don't think there is anything you will be able to do for this. Only time will tell. He will be ok with one eye if it come down to that. Just keep an eye on it and watch for infection. You can wash his eye with warm water only. I hope he continues to improve. You are doing great with him. Keep it up
     

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