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HELP! Swollen Frostbitten Roo!!! *PICS!* Not eating/drinking!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by silkieluver_07, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    My Buff Orp roo, Louie, had frostbite around a week ago. I tried treating it with vaseline. This morning, his wattles were very swollen and puffy. He will not eat or drink. Would dubbing be the answer or should I take him to the vet? (We have no avian vets in the area) I am uploading pictures now.

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  2. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    I would not dub, as that may just cause more problems for the little guy.

    What you can do is separate him and make sure he has access to plenty of food and water. You can also minimize the pain by taking a gallon jug of water (You can rinse out a milk jug) and dissolve two plain aspirin in it. Give that to him as needed. You could also mix in some gatorade or pedialyte to add some electrolytes.

    Applying neosporin to the area will also help with the pain, and will prevent infection. It is more important to make sure he is getting water rather than food. If you have to, give him some water using a dropper if he is not drinking by tomorrow. Keep a close eye on him, but he should start eating and drinking again by tomorrow. Keep him as warm as possible and apply vaseline to the unaffected areas of his wattles and comb.
     
  3. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    So keeping him in the house is definitely a must, correct??? I feel so bad for him, his wattle are triple the size. I've never had this happen with my other roos. Usually its black and the tip of the comb will fall off, nothing with the wattles usually. I made a mash for him and he tried eating some of it. I'll dissolve the aspirin into his water now. Thanks!
     
  4. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    The only reason I suggest keeping him warm is because he is not eating or drinking. If only his wattles and comb were affected, but he WAS eating and drinking then I'd say he'd be fine left outside. Keeping him warm (whether it be with heat lamp, inside, in a garage, or in a shed) may encourage him to start eating and drinking.

    You can try giving him some plain yogurt and boiled or scrambled eggs. He might eat that if he is not eating his regular food. Sometimes "treats" look more appetizing to them!
     
  5. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    My camera is not uploading these pictures!! Sometimes I hate technology when you have an emergency! Do you think if he is not eating or drinking by tomorrow if I should take him to the vet?
     
  6. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    If you have the funds and he is important enough to you, then I would definitely take him to the vet tomorrow in the event he is still not eating or drinking. If he begins drinking by tomorrow, then I would wait another day unless his condition begins to decline.
     
  7. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    Thanks for the advice. I'll moniter him through the night and see how he does. If he worsens, most likely he will be seeing the vet tomorrow.
     
  8. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    The pictures finally uploaded!

    Here's Louie:
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    Can anyone else give me any useful info???
     
  9. ChicknThief

    ChicknThief Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2008
    Nor Cal
    Good Lord! [​IMG] I have no idea what to tell you. By the looks of those wattles I'd say there is something besides frostbite going on in there... Any chance of infection? How long has he been like this???
     
  10. chickenlady

    chickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    That poor baby!! I would also say something else is going on here. I would get him to a vet. He may need some baytril or penicillian. I wish I had more advice to offer. Best of luck to you and him.
     

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