help, whats wrong with my chick???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by countrykidsx7, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. countrykidsx7

    countrykidsx7 Out Of The Brooder

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    DS went out to water the chicks this morning & came in with one to show me. it looks like it got into a fight with another chick or something. Its chest is pecked practically free of feathers but I can seperate it from the others to protect it from that. What is really concerning me is its beak. It is crossed, really badly. I don't see how it can possibly eat. I KNOW it was not like that before. Ds said it was pecking at food but coudlnt pick anything up. [​IMG] Help, is there anything I can do?????
     
  2. dlhunicorn

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    how old is the chick? are you willing to take it to a vet and spend some money on it (if from an injury there is a med that might help and I can get that info for you) ... if you re unable to take to a vet for the med then no, there is little you can do.
     
  3. countrykidsx7

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    almost 5 weeks old. I simply cannot afford a vet bill right now. [​IMG]

    I was just watching it & it is running around & drinking & trying to eat. I cant tell if it is actually getting any food or not though. [​IMG]
     
  4. dlhunicorn

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    You will need to separate (put a mirror or a calmer chick in there with it for company) ... it needs a deep dish for its feed in order to scoop it out... same with water.

    Now I am posting here the info I told you of earlier... if it is a muscular/tendon injury instead of damage to the actual cleft or plate/bone structure from the attack (you had said this came on suddenly after the attack) then the foolowing may help and if you print this out and take it to a sympathetic "norma'l" (non-avian) vet it is simply a matter of getting (and paying) for the med and applying it ( so if you have farm vet who doesnt charge much it might be doable...there is NO guarantee it will work especially if the damage is to bone or such (and I am sure you do not want to pay for radiographs and such)

    http://harrisonsbirdfoods.com/learningcenter/BestOf2.pdf
    "Use of Penetran for Beak Malocclusion Greg J. Harrison, DVM Dipl. ABVP Avian"
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    Topical application of Penetran is effective for avian skin rashes, local irritations and ulcerations. It can be mixed with aloe vera liquid for generalized dermatologic conditions. Because it has penetrating properties, I have used it to treat some deeper muscular problems. In two cases of a serious beak malocclusion with underbite, the only therapy was application of Penetran to the facial muscles including the periopthalmic areas. In a ten-day-old cockatoo, the muscles relaxed and the beak returned to normal positioning overnight; a full week of Penetran application and prolonged periods of manual positioning of the beak were also successful in a four-week-old cockatoo.Penetran is a commercially available ammonium solution from TransDermal Technologies, Inc.
    (800-676-7354)."
     
  5. countrykidsx7

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    thank you
     
  6. ChuckenGirl

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    Maryland :)
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