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Help-- Severe injuries from pecking... need advice PLZ!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Momma_Cluck, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2008
    N. West Michigan
    I have 14 Pullets that are 11 weeks old, that WERE doing very well-- but not integrating well with the flock... they are in a small, separated area in the coop so they can see & be seen, and even come and go if they wish without the big Gals following them.

    Somehow, a couple of My older Rocks and a Roo got in with them and pecked off all the feathers from 4-5 of their backs and tail area....
    There was no blood at 1st... but I changed the arrangement so they were confined to their own space...WRONG MOVE!

    There is obviously not ample space for them (about 2-3ft per bird) and again, a roo got in and started pecking again, which started them bleeding. So then the others turned on them.

    By Time I saw it, I have my white Aracauna with all but 4 tail feathers and part of her tail flesh gone, another Aracauna badly pecked, a Silver Wyandotte not as bad but bloody-- and the worst: My Poor "Ruby" a red "Cherry Egger" who's my baby has not only her feathers gone all the way from hip to tail-- but 2 large areas of skin gone down to the meat.... [​IMG]

    She is "OK" now-- we have her in the house, she eats and drinks well and interacts with us...
    My concern for them all, but especially her with this severe a wound, Do I have to "terminate" or will she heal? I Sprayed them all with Blu-Kote and added vitamins and antibiotics to their water... but the areas with no skin...???????

    NO VETS HERE will help me!!! Called 6, only 1 nknew enough from raising his own to tell me about Blu-Kote and which antibiotics to use... but the wounds weren't really insected till the time I was cleaning & spraying them....
    (My poor DD age 14 started bawling, then puked....)

    ANY Help MUCH Appreciated!!!!
  2. scrapmom5

    scrapmom5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2008
    Keep them seperated and warm. Continue with antibiotics and vitamins. I put polysporin on to help heal and prevent infection. Use the one with lidocaine to help with the pain. Keep the area clean. and make sure they stay hydrated. That is the best you can do. You could see improvement in a few days to a week. My BR showed much improvement in a week (though she is still afraid of the polish and orps). IF the wound goes down to the bone you will want to keep it covered. I don't know what else to do for that type of an injury. If it is not that severe it should heal quickly.

    Good Luck!
  3. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2008
    N. West Michigan
    Well, a Local vet heard from their receptionist what happened, and called me... He raises chickens too... and said that they should be ok...
    one is in the house (and LOVING being spoild!)

    They are all doing SO much better once the spray was on em!!!
    Once the color and smell of blood is eliminated, seems to stop the behavior....

    I just worry about where the muscle is exposed and how it will heal....
  4. jhm47

    jhm47 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2008
    In time, they should be fine. I'd not use the blue cote, but rather use an ointment type product. The blue cote that I have tends to dry out the wound, while the ointment product keeps wounds soft and supple, and helps to heal. I like a product called bag balm. Its high in lanolin, and has an antibiotic added to it. The birds don't like the taste, and it keeps them from picking their wounds. Comes in a bright green can. Good luck!

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